Holyoke Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – A broken license plate light led state police to arrest two people and the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars in drugs.
State Police says that around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, troopers on patrol in downtown Holyoke stopped a car on Lyman Street after they noticed its license plate light was burned out.
One of the troopers went up to the car and started speaking with the driver and his passenger, at which time, the trooper smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.
The driver, identified by State Police as 29-year-old Kelly Arzate, and the passenger, 27-year-old Charles Berard, were told to step out of the car so that the troopers on-scene could perform an inventory of the car.
State Police say that during that search, troopers found a plastic bag in the center console containing what they believe was cocaine, eight cell phones, another plastic bag with $13,000 in cash, and about 15 pounds of individually packaged bags of marijuana in the trunk.
The estimated street value of the cocaine is about $20,000, and at $4,000 a pound, the street value of the marijuana comes to $60,000.
Arzate and Berard were both arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of a Class D substance. Arzate is also facing a charge of a plate light violation.
Both men will be arraigned Wednesday in Holyoke District Court.