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Three arrested in Greenfield heroin raid

GREENFIELD — Two adults and one teenage girl were arrested on heroin charges as police executed a search warrant on Union Street.

Catherine Gralenski, 23, of 49 Union St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a Class E drug and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was arrested when the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force detained her and her 16-year-old driver on the way into her apartment with 130 bags of heroin hidden in her pants at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police report filed by Detective Kevin Rowell.

Then police knocked on the door of the apartment and announced their presence, but received no answer. One officer saw a man moving in the apartment, but when he didn’t answer, they entered the apartment.

Kyle Hannum, 26, also of 49 Union St., was arrested on a charge of being present where heroin is kept.

The 16-year-old faces charges of possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws, after she handed over a single bag of the drug to police, according to a report by Detective Sgt. Daniel McCarthy.

After being read her rights, Gralenski said she only had a “small amount of cocaine” and six pills of the tranquilizer clonazepam on her, she admitted to having several bags of heroin hidden in the crotch of her pants, according to Rowell. No other mention of cocaine was made in the report, and Gralenski faces no cocaine charges.

A search of Gralenski by state police Lt. Robin Whitney turned up 130 bags of heroin, stamped “street life,” according to Rowell’s report. Gralenski told police she injects as many as 50 bags of heroin per day, wrote Rowell.

The wax paper bags of heroin were bundled in packages of 10 bags each, and wrapped in what appeared to be the pages of a pornographic magazine, according to Rowell. A field test confirmed that the granular substance contained opiates, according to the report.

Several empty heroin bags, with the same stamp, were found in her apartment, as well as numerous hypodermic needles, wrote Rowell.

Gralenski told police she had sold 250 bags of heroin to numerous people in Greenfield immediately before her arrest, according to Rowell. Police found $290 in Gralenski’s pants pocket and seized it, wrote Rowell. A motion for forfeiture of the cash was filed in court.

The driver said she had dropped Gralenski off at the corner of Wells and Grove streets upon their return to town and picked her up later, wrote McCarthy.

Her teenage driver told police she had brought Gralenski to Holyoke earlier, where they stopped at a local skateboard park and Gralenski exited the vehicle to meet with someone, wrote McCarthy. The juvenile said she had been using heroin for two years, and knew the skate park to be a popular location for heroin dealing.

The young woman said she had been clean for several weeks, and uses Suboxone to help her stay away from heroin, wrote McCarthy. She told McCarthy she had been introduced to heroin by an ex-boyfriend. The juvenile said she found the single bag of heroin on her car floor and planned to flush it down the toilet, according to McCarthy’s report.

Gralenski was held on $5,000 cash bail after her Wednesday arraignment. Hannum was released on personal recognizance after his arrest, and is set to be arraigned today. No additional information on the juvenile was available. By law, juvenile court proceedings are secret.

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