Three men arrested for allegedly selling, trafficking heroin in Holyoke


Three people are facing criminal drug charges for their alleged role in the sale and trafficking of heroin in the city, the Hampden District Attorney announced on Tuesday. 

Hampden DA Anthony Gulluni told 22News 44-year-old Jose Rivera, 48-year-old Carlos Rivera and 21-year-old Nathan Rivera were arrested on March 21, by members of the Narcotics Taskforce attached to his office.  

A lengthy investigation led police to 184 Sargeant Street, where they obtained a search warrant for the first floor of the home.  

Investigators allegedly found Carlos Rivera in possession of heroin after approaching him outside of the residence. Officers then made their way into the home, where they located Jose Rivera, a disabled man who was laying on the couch and a woman. 

According to the DA, investigators saw Jose with a plastic bag containing an amount of bundled heroin and a loaded gun next to him. While investigating the apartment, Nathan Rivera approached the residence to enter. He was arrested after police allegedly found him to be in possession of over 1000 bags of heroin. 

Investigators also found 10 grams of cocaine, a grinder, packaging material, and cutting agent. 

Jose was charged and arraigned on Monday on the charges listed below. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail and his next court appearance is scheduled for April 25. 

  • Trafficking heroin (18 -36 Grams) 
  • Possession of a loaded firearm 
  • Possession of firearm without a license-carry 
  • Possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony 
  • Three counts of drug distribution, Class A substance

Carlos was also charged and arraigned on the charges listed below on Monday. He is being held on $1,500 cash bail. His next court date is also scheduled for April 25. 

  • Trafficking heroin (18-36 Grams) 
  • Three counts drug distribution Class A substance 

Nathan was charged with heroin trafficking (18-36 grams) and arraigned on Monday. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail. His next court date is scheduled for April 16. 

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