HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Guns, including a machine gun, $38,000 and an undisclosed amount of heroin and cocaine were all seized by the Feds on Friday.
Police raided a building on South Bridge Street in Holyoke and arrested Francisco "Franco" Diaz. Police believe he is the Leader of the La Familia Gang in Holyoke.
"It was his time to get locked up, so it's time. But I wish the best for him, and I wish he can change," said Gio Colon of Holyoke.
Police said the raid was a huge success and also a warning.
"If you are a gang member and if you intend on selling drugs or trafficking firearms, the FBI's Western Mass Gang Task Force and its partners like the Holyoke Police Department will be knocking on your door one early morning," said Springfield FBI Supervisor Mark Karangekis.
But for residents, this is just one of many efforts needed to make Holyoke a safer place to live.
Many people told 22News downtown Holyoke has improved a lot over the last decade, but they said they hope to see it improve even more, especially for children who grow up in these neighborhoods.
"Certain areas. Not the whole entire city but certain areas need to be watched a little more. I hope it just continues to get better and I think it will," said Albert Morin of Holyoke.
"The police should be more concerned about what is happening. Look, look at the people. Look what they are doing," said Lydia Alvaida of Holyoke.
Eleven of the sixteen people arrested Friday face federal drug and firearm charges.