Alleged repeat drug trafficker, woman arrested after police raid Holyoke apartment

Crime

Two Holyoke residents are facing criminal drug charges after police searched an apartment on Mosher Street Thursday afternoon. 

Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert told 22News detectives from the department’s Narcotics Unit, agents from the FBI Gang Task Force, members of the Narcotics Task Force attached to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, DEA and ATF agents as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, executed a search warrant in a second floor apartment at 41 Mosher Street in Holyoke around 2:50 p.m. 

The suspects, 30-year-old Stalin Juan Marte-Castillo, also known as Domi, and 28-year-old Yarangeli Suarez, were arrested after detectives found 5,300 individual bags of heroin, a loaded semi-automatic gun, a 2009 Audi and $900 in cash. 

According to Lt. Albert, Marte-Castillo is no stranger to local authorities. He was arrested while wearing a GPS ankle bracelet ordered by a judge from a previous arrest for trafficking drugs in West Springfield in 2018. 

Marte-Castillo is also familiar to Holyoke detectives as he was arrested in 2017 for drug trafficking. He is awaiting further court appearances on those previous charges.

  • Suarez and Marte-Castillo are both charged with the following: 
  • Trafficking in heroin – 100 grams or more 
  • Possession of ammo without an FID Card 
  • Possession of a firearm without an LTC 
  • Possession of a firearm while committing a felony 
  • Possession or carrying a loaded firearm 

Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Friday. 

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