Three men still held on drug trafficking charges

Staff Writer
Published: 8/30/2018 12:07:03 AM

BERNARDSTON — Three men continued to be held following their arraignments on drug trafficking charges.

The men, two from Vermont and one from New York are being held in the Hampshire County House of Corrections, following their arraignments Friday in Greenfield District Court.

The three are being held for bind over hearing. Two of the men will be back in court Sept. 20 and the other on Sept. 26.

The three were arrested on drug trafficking charges after Massachusetts State Police, on Sept. 23, pulled over their two vehicles on Interstate 91 and found about 1,400 bags of heroin, 41 bags of cocaine and $1,430 in cash. 

One driver, Isaiah Surdam, 34, of Newport, Vt., was arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug law, marked lanes violation and failure to signal. 

The driver of the other vehicle that was following Surdam was Robert Daniels, 35, of Orleans, Vt., who was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug law, marked lanes violation, no possession of registration and a lights violation.

The passenger in Daniels’ car was Eddie Torres, 32, of the Bronx, N.Y. who was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug law.

State police first spotted the two cars around Deerfield, according to court documents, traveling 50 to 60 mph and about 15 feet from each other. A trooper followed the two vehicles before pulling over one when the driver partially crossed lanes without signaling. A trooper in Bernardston stopped the other car. 

Police found the drugs in the trunk of Surdam’s vehicle. The heroin was packaged and altogether in plastic bags, while the cocaine, which was found later following additional information from those arrested, was found packaged in a container meant to hold baby wipes.

The three of them had come up from New York, where they indicated the drugs were purchased, according to court documents. Surdam told police he was going to be paid about $100 to be the driver of the vehicle holding the drugs.


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