Friday, March 25, 2016

Operation Full Throttle II

Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger announced today that Operation “Full Throttle II” has concluded. Conducted from March 1, 2016 through March 22, 2016, Full Throttle II was planned to continue to interdict illicit narcotics sales, firearms and street gang activity within Holyoke. It is part of an on-going strategy to combat violent street gang activity and investigate the sources and sale of various Opiod products which present significant public health and safety concerns.

Since March 1st, The Holyoke Police Department has arrested 203 subjects on numerous charges. Of those 203 arrests, 81 were arrested directly by Holyoke Narcotics / Vice Unit and our Federal and State and Local Law Enforcement partners.

This operation was carried out by units assigned from The Holyoke Police Narcotics / Vice Unit; The Holyoke Police Department’s various Patrol Units; District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s Hampden County Narcotics Task Force (HCNTF); The FBI’s Western Mass Gang Task Force; The task force officers assigned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA); The Hampden County Sheriff’s Office; and Units of the Massachusetts State Police to include The Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit; K-9 teams and the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad (VFAS).

Chief Neiswanger has extended his appreciation to all of those units who continue to support these operations and make Holyoke a safer place to live. He specifically extended his appreciation for the assistance and leadership of the District Attorney, Anthony Gulluni and his staff; to ADA Tim Chretien and his Assistant District Attorneys (ADA’s) of the Holyoke District Court and also to the ADA’s in the Hampden County Grand Jury Office who worked tirelessly to provide support to this operation.

The operation resulted in the following:
A Departmental total 203 Arrests since March 1st – 81 related to the Full Throttle II units listed above.

Seizure of 3 firearms.

Seizure of 8000 bags of heroin.

Seizure of 20 grams of Crack Cocaine.

Seizure of 28 grams of Cocaine.

Seizure of $14,000 in US Currency related to drug sales.

16 Warrant Arrests.

8 Search warrants were conducted.

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