Easthampton man to face drug and firearm charges


This morning, members of the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force along with the Easthampton Police Department executed a search warrant at 24 Dartmouth Street, Easthampton, Massachusetts, where  officers located, among other items, approximately 11,500 bags of heroin, approximately 65 grams of cocaine, over $6,000 in United States currency and a stolen loaded firearm in the home of William Grajalez-Rios, 30.

Grajalez-Rios is expected to be arraigned in Northampton District Court later today on several charges including trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, as a subsequent offense, and possession of a firearm and ammunition, as a person previously convicted of a serious drug offense.  If convicted of these charges, Grajalez-Rios faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 8 years in state prison, and up to 30 years total in prison.

The seized heroin is worth approximately $58,000 in Hampshire County, according to investigators. 

“We appreciate the hard work that the task force continues to do in our district to rid our communities of this deadly drug,” said Jeremy Bucci, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office Chief Trial Counsel.  “Today’s operation is another fine example of the resources and manpower that the task force brings to local communities.”

Bucci thanked the  Easthampton Police Department for their “commitment to the task force and their essential contributions to this operation,” saying,  “We continue to prioritize the prosecution of those who choose to arm themselves while distributing this poison throughout our community.”