Drug fugitive Cory Taylor found dead in abandoned building in Holyoke


  • Twenty-four guns were seized in August from 452 Main St. in Holyoke, which law enforcement suspected Cory Taylor used as a base of operations for an illegal marijuana operation. Contributed photo/Hampden District Attorney’s Office

  • Police raided this converted firehouse owned by Cory Taylor at 452 Main St. in Holyoke in late August and found multiple cars, 188 pounds of marijuana, a cache of illegal firearms and more than $4 million in cash. STAFF PHOTO/DAN CROWLEY

Staff Report
Published: 10/26/2020 5:55:16 AM

HOLYOKE — The body of Cory Taylor, the alleged marijuana trafficker with a part-time residence in New Salem, who has been a fugitive since he disappeared in August after making bail at a county jail, was discovered by police in a vacant building at 545 Main St. on Thursday, the Hampden District Attorney’s Office confirmed Saturday.

James Leydon, spokesman for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, told MassLive that Taylor, 41, was found dead in an abandoned warehouse by the building’s owner. The medical examiner’s office has identified the body as Taylor, he confirmed.

Leydon told MassLive that Taylor’s body was found near his Holyoke residence. The manner of Taylor’s death has not been publicly disclosed.

When reached by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Leydon declined to comment.

In August, police raided a converted firehouse with significant high-end renovations at 452 Main St. in Holyoke that law enforcement suspected Taylor used as a base of operations for an illegal marijuana operation. The Aug. 22 search yielded 188 pounds of marijuana, 24 illegal guns, eight cars and $4,049,000 in cash.

Taylor was arrested on Aug. 21 in Pelham when Massachusetts State Police allegedly found 138 pounds of marijuana in a van he was driving. He was brought to the Hampshire County House of Correction, where he was bailed out the same day. Taylor then did not appear for his arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, according to police and court records.

Police gained consent to search Taylor’s part-time residence at 2 Fay Road in New Salem. There, they allegedly found 37 cars valued at more than $1 million.

Law enforcement had warned the public in August that Taylor was believed to be armed and dangerous.

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