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Addiction in Franklin County

2 arrested en route to alleged heroin handoff

WHATELY — A Springfield man and a Holyoke woman face heroin dealing charges after their rental car was stopped by police.

The pair was pulled over on Routes 5 and 10 near Christian Lane after state police spotted a Ford Taurus driving 20 miles under the speed limit and crossing the white line at the right side of the road, and stopped in the middle of an intersection where the car had the right-of-way, according to an arrest report by Trooper Joseph Petty.

After an investigation, the car’s passenger told Petty that the two had picked up heroin in Holyoke, and were on their way to Greenfield to deliver the drugs, wrote Petty.

Kimberley Perez, 22, of Holyoke, and Edwin Otero, 31, of Springfield, were arrested after police found heroin on Otero after the Monday evening traffic stop, according to Petty’s report.

When Petty pulled Perez over, she gave him a rental agreement for the vehicle, naming another woman as the driver and stating that no other operators were authorized, according to the report. When asked where the two were going, Perez told police they were going to see a friend in Greenfield, though she couldn’t say where they were supposed to meet, wrote Petty.

When police ran Perez’s and Otero’s names, they found that both people had open court cases for possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to distribute, and Otero had “multiple convictions” for firearms and other weapon charges, wrote Petty.

Police frisked Otero, and found 43 wax packets of heroin, branded “New World,” in a bag tucked into Otero’s groin area, Petty wrote.

Otero told troopers that they got the heroin from an associate of Perez’s, who called her to deliver the drugs to a person Perez knows in Greenfield, and that they were going to return to Holyoke with the cash after the sale, Petty wrote.

Otero told Petty he was “just the carrier,” according to the report.

Perez pleaded innocent to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, using a vehicle without authority and a marked lanes violation in Greenfield district court Tuesday. She was released on $100 cash bail.

Otero pleaded innocent to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws Tuesday in Greenfield District Court. He was released on $200 cash bail.

Otero and Perez are set to return to court June 10 for a pretrial conference.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 on Twitter follow @RecorderRain

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