Motor Vehicle Stop Results in Large Seizure of Narcotics

Massachusetts State Police Release–12192012–Motor Vehicle Stop Results in Large Seizure of Narcotics 

Today, at 12:50AM, Trooper Rafael Cazares assigned to the State Police Barracks in Northampton was on patrol on High Street in the City of Holyoke. Trooper Cazares observed a 2009 Acura TL with its plate light out and proceeded to stop it on Lyman Street.  Trooper Cazares approached and observed the occupants moving around inside. Trooper Cazares spoke to the operator, ARZATE, KELL, age 29, and the passenger, BERARD, CHARLES, age 27, both of Holyoke.

While the trooper was conducting the motor vehicle stop, he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Trooper Cazares requested and received assistance from Sergeant Michael Andrews and Trooper Joshua Rucho of the Northampton Barracks.

ARZATE and BERARD were asked to step out of the vehicle so the troopers could conduct a motor vehicle inventory. During the inventory, Trooper Ruchu located a plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in the front seat center console, eight cell phones, a white plastic bag containing a large amount of cash approximately $13,000.00, and 15 pounds of individually packaged clear bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the trunk. Upon the discovery, ARZATE attempted to flee on foot but after a brief pursuit was apprehended.

Both parties were placed under arrest and transported to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Northampton where they were booked.  They were charged with Trafficking in Cocaine and Possession to Distribute Class D. Additionally, ARZATE was charged with a Plate light violation.

Both men will be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.

The approximate street value of the cocaine is $20,000 and the marijuana is $4,000 a pound.

No further information is available at this time.  Please do not call the barracks directly.