Heroin, cocaine lead to Franklin County arrests
Police made two drug busts at the edges of Franklin County less than three hours apart earlier this week.
The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force arrested an Orange couple on heroin charges hours before a state trooper arrested a Holyoke man who allegedly had heroin and a large amount of cocaine on Interstate 91 in Hatfield.
In Orange, a husband and wife were arrested on heroin charges when the task force executed a search warrant at their home at about 7 p.m. Thursday.
David L. Farrow, 58, and Winifred Farrow, 52, of 15 Maynard St., were arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
With the warrant in hand, police tailed David Farrow from his residence to Fitchburg, where he allegedly purchased the heroin, and back to his home, according to a press release by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.
Fitchburg, a city with a long-standing heroin problem, is a frequent source of the drug for the Orange area, according to the police.
When Farrow was confronted by police on return to his home, he admitted to having three grams of heroin in his vest, according to the DA’s office. His wife told police she was waiting for him to return, so she could dilute or “cut” the drug and package it for resale, according to the release.
The District Attorney’s Office estimated that the three grams would have been enough to fill 90 single-use bags.
Less than three hours later, a state trooper patrolling Interstate 91 arrested a Holyoke man after finding 58 grams of cocaine and several bags of heroin in an unregistered vehicle he drove, according to a State Police statement.
Jorge Vincenty, 34, of Holyoke, is charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
Interstate 91 has been the site of several heroin arrests in recent years, involving people from western Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and as far as Florida. Police say buyers often travel to Holyoke, Springfield and points south, where the drug is cheaper, and resell it in Franklin County and points north for a profit.
There have been at least seven deaths in Franklin and Hampshire counties linked to suspected heroin and opiate overdoses in the past month, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors stand committed to fighting the area’s opiate problem.
“We will not stop pursuing those who are intentionally poisoning our communities with this extremely dangerous drug,” said Jeremy Bucci, chief trial counsel for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.
“With the recent spate of suspected opiate-related overdose deaths, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is grateful for the tireless efforts of the Anti-Crime Task Force to address the supply side of this problem,” Bucci continued. “We still desperately need resources to combat the demand side of this crisis as well.”
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