Easthampton man arrested at home on heroin, cocaine trafficking charges


  • This photo taken from the Easthampton Police Department Facebook page shows drugs and cash police allegedly found  at the Dartmouth Street home of William Grajalez-Rios, 30, Tuesday morning. EASTHAMPTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Thursday, March 08, 2018

EASTHAMPTON — A 32-year-old city man was arrested Tuesday morning after police allegedly found more than $60,000-worth of heroin and cocaine, as well as a stolen firearm, at his home.

William Grajalez-Rios is charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine, two counts of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm as a person previously convicted of a serious drug offense, and four counts of reckless endangerment of a child, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office and Easthampton Police Department.

Easthampton police and members of the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force executed a search warrant Tuesday at 8:23 a.m. at Grajalez-Rios’ home at 24 Dartmouth St., Officer Chad Alexander said Tuesday.

Police said they found 11,500 bags of heroin, worth an estimated $58,000, 65 grams of cocaine, worth more than $3,000, more than $6,000 in cash and a stolen, loaded firearm.

Alexander said Grajalez-Rios has four children under 18, and police made sure the warrant was executed when the children were not home. He said the state Department of Children and Families has been notified.

Grajalez-Rios is expected to be arraigned this week, Alexander said, adding that the investigation is still active. If convicted, Grajalez-Rios faces eight to 30 years in prison.

In 2007, Grajalez-Rios was convicted of possession with intent to distribute a class A and class B substance, police said.

“We appreciate the hard work that the task force continues to do in our district to rid our communities of this drug,” Jeremy Bucci, chief trial counsel for the Northwestern district attorney’s office, said in a statement. “Today’s operation is another fine example of the resources and manpower that the task force brings to local communities,”

Bucci also thanked the Easthampton Police Department.

“We continue to prioritize the prosecution of those who choose to arm themselves while distributing this poison throughout our community,” he said.

Alexander said that in 2017, city police responded to 25 overdoses caused by heroin or opioid drugs. Three resulted in death and people were revived 22 times with the lifesaving drug Narcan, he said.

“People are dying,” Alexander said. “We’re doing everything we can to get it off the street.”

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.

Editor’s Note: This story was changed on March 8, 2018, to correct the age of Grajalez-Rios.