3 facing felony charges after Ludlow, Palmer police chase leads to drug bust


Three local men are facing multiple felony charges after a police chase led to a drug bust Monday night.

Sergeant Daniel Valadas of the Ludlow Police Department told 22News 46-year-old Robert Melling of Ludlow, 22-year-old Ruben Torres of Palmer, and 22-year-old Jonathan Martinez of Springfield are all facing possession of heroin, possession to distribute heroin, possession of marijuana and possession to distribute marijuana charges.

Martinez is facing additional charges including operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, two counts of failing to stop for a police officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, marked lanes violations and three counts of failing to stop for a stop sign or red light.

Sgt. Valadas explained that officers seized a large amount of heroin, marijuana, and cash after multiple attempts to stop a black 2004 Toyota Camry on Center Street near Route 21 by the intersection of Church Street around 10:46 p.m. Monday.

Sgt. Valadas said the officers had recognized the vehicle to match the description of a suspect vehicle that was seen in the Ludlow area of a home break-in that took place on Sunday, April 15.

At first, the suspects stopped for the officers but then sped off after the officers exited their cruisers to approach the vehicle, leading them on a car chase through Ludlow, Wilbraham, Monson and then into Palmer.

That’s when Palmer police officers assisted, laying down tire spike strips, causing the suspect vehicle to stop on Bourne Street in Palmer.

All three were arrested and booked at the Ludlow Police Department.

They were later transported to the Palmer District Court for their first court appearances.

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