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Holyoke police seize more than 300 bags of heroin during traffic stop

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Mug shot of Abimael Rivera-Heredia (HPD). Mug shot of Abimael Rivera-Heredia (HPD).
Mug shot of Victor Sanchez (HPD). Mug shot of Victor Sanchez (HPD).
HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Holyoke police seized more than 300 bags of heroin following a traffic stop Wednesday night.

Detectives initiated pulled over a Lincoln Navigator near the intersection of Suffolk and Pine streets at about 7:30 p.m.

When the vehicle came to a complete stop, the driver, Victor Sanchez, and passenger, Abimael Rivera-Heredia, got out and attempted to walk away from police, according to Holyoke police Capt. Matthew Moriarty.

Detectives stopped both suspects and called a K-9 to the scene because of a suspicious interaction they saw between Sanchez and Rivera-Heredia. The K-9 officer conducted a sniff of the vehicle and retrieved 250 bags of heroin located within the SUV, Moriarty said. 

Police found more than 50 additional bags of heroin, bringing the total to 303 bags.

Rivera-Heredia, 21, of Elm Street, was charged with possession of a class B substance (cocaine). Sanchez, 28, of Pleasant Street, was charged with possession of a class A substance (heroin), possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute and operating with a suspended license, Moriarty said. 

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