PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – One of the men accused of completing a drug transaction at the Ludlow rest stop is expected to be in court Thursday.
Gerado Madrigal Quintero of Culiacan, Mexico was arrested in late August and charged with trafficking 200 grams or more of cocaine and conspiracy to violate the drug law for allegedly bringing 15 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico in a tractor-trailer. The street value of what was seized during the arrest was over $500,000. Quintero remains in custody after being found dangerous on September 7th.
He was arrested with Joel Enrique Armenta Castro of Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, and remains in custody after being found dangerous at a hearing on September 2nd. His next court date is on October 28.
The arrests were made after information was provided through an FBI investigation. Massachusetts State Police verified the two Mexican suppliers were heading to Massachusetts to deliver the truckload of cocaine. Castro was taken into custody after police witnessed the exchange of both him and Quintero at the Ludlow Service Plaza.
Shortly after, police stopped the tractor-trailer truck on I-91 South in Longmeadow and Quintero was taken into custody.
22News is following this story and will update as soon as additional information is released.