HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – State Police detectives assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who is considered armed and dangerous and connected to several investigations in the Holyoke area.
The Hampden County DA’s Office said detectives are looking for 41-year-old Cory Taylor of New Salem, who was initially arrested during a traffic stop in Pelham that turned up several large boxes containing about 138 pounds of marijuana.
Taylor was arrested then and initially charged with one count of trafficking in marijuana. The DA’s office added that while police continued their investigation, Taylor learned he would be held at the Hampshire County House of Correction where he would eligible for bail.
Based on the number of drugs found in his vehicle, State Police Narcotics Unit along with DEA agents searched 2 Fay Road in New Salem, which they described as a “part-time residence of Taylor.” Authorities found a large garage which contained 37 vehicles valued over one million dollars.
Further investigation into Taylor revealed he had been tied to previous police investigations in Holyoke, specifically at 452 Main Street.
On Friday, August 22, authorities were granted a search warrant for that Holyoke address. According to the DA’s office, the property is an old converted firehouse that has significant high-end renovations. The first floor contained eight exotic high-end vehicles.
A further search of the property, which is said to have built-in hidden compartments turned up “a cache of weapons (24 firearms) and ammunition, large quantities of U.S. currency, believed to be several million dollars and over 50 pounds of marijuana.”
Cory Taylor is charged with the following:
- Trafficking in Marijuana (1 count)
- Unlawful possession of a firearm (24 counts)
- Improper storage of a firearm
- Large capacity (1 count)
- Possession of a high capacity magazine (1 count)
- Possession of a firearm
- Defaced serial number/while committing a felony (1 count)
- Commission of a felony, while armed (1 count)
- Possession of ammunition without a license (1 count)
- Money laundering (1 count)
The DA’s office said a complete inventory is still being processed and additional charges may be sought when completed.
Taylor was able to make bail just before midnight Friday, the DA’s office said, adding that he failed to appear in court for his arraignment the following Monday.
“The illicit marijuana market is thriving as evidenced by the large amounts of product and currency involved in this arrest. The danger posed and threat to public safety is evident, the suspect involved felt the need to possess an arsenal to defend this lucrative business. Thank you to all the agencies involved in removing a very significant amount of illegal guns off of our streets.”Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni
Armed and Dangerous
If you see Taylor, you are advised not to approach him, but instead call police. Agencies involved in the investigation include the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and the Holyoke Police Department.
Also, anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at (413) 505-5993. You can also remain anonymous and Text-a-Tip by texting the word CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) and type the word SOLVE followed by the information.