South Hadley man arraigned on cocaine, weapons charges

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Published: 02-01-2024 5:44 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — A South Hadley man was ordered held on $3,000 bail following his arraignment Thursday in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, subsequent offense, possession of a firearm without a license and several other weapons-related charges, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

South Hadley Police, working with the Northwestern District’s Anti-Crime Task Force, executed a search warrant at the home of Justin Velez, 32, early Thursday on Cottage Avenue, from where he is alleged to have run a drug distribution operation.

Velez pleaded not guilty to the charges at the Belchertown court.

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