School Cafeteria Worker, Eight Others Arrested in Holyoke Drug Sweep
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Several people have been arrested following a drug raid that stretched from Holyoke to Orlando, Fla.
Holyoke Police, along with agents from several state, local, and federal agencies, conducted raids on two Holyoke buildings – one on Oak Street and one on Walnut Street – as part of “Operation More or Less.”
Investigators allege that over the last six months, about $1 million of oxycodone was traded in a ring that spanned from Florida to Holyoke.
Law enforcement officials say that drugs were allegedly shipped up from Florida to Holyoke, where they would be sold. The money from the sale would then be deposited into a bank account, to be then withdrawn back down in Florida.
In total, nine people – seven men and two women – were arrested. All are facing charges ranging from drug possession, to drug trafficking, to weapons charges.
One of the women, Idalia Morales, was arrested at the Kelly Elementary School where police say she was a cafeteria worker. Police wouldn’t say exactly what role Morales played in the operation, other than that she has an alleged involvement in the case.
Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger says that there is no evidence to suggest that any drugs were being sold from the school.
Some of the agencies involved in the sweep include Holyoke and Easthampton Police, FBI’s Western Mass. Gang Task Force, Mass. State Police, the Drug Enforcement Agency offices in Boston and Florida, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Arraignments on all the suspects were set for Thursday.