SPRINGFIELD — A North Adams man fresh off a state prison term for selling painkillers and attacking an undercover officer is among four suspected drug dealers allegedly caught over the weekend preparing to peddle thousands of bags of a deadly form of heroin. Springfield authorities say the heroin dubbed "Hollywood" has killed several Western Massachusetts residents in recent days.
Francis J. Willor Jr. of 455 State St., North Adams, along with Elvis Luckham from Chicopee, Elvin Resto, of Holyoke, and Juan Perez, of Springfield, were arrested around 10 p.m. Saturday by Springfield narcotics detectives, according to the city police Facebook page. The posting noted that investigators were tracking several deliveries of heroin stamped "Hollywood" and tailed one of the pending exchanges to the corner of Sumner and Ormand streets. There, the four were arrested after authorities found 8,200 bags of heroin hidden in a fake bumper of a vehicle belonging to Perez. In all, police said the drug bust took 9,000 bags of the narcotic off the street and police also seized $20,000 in cash.
The four men are being held pending their arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court. Willor Jr. has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute heroin. Perez faces the most serious charges of trafficking in a Class A substance.
Willor Jr., 43, has already spent time behind bars for two other drug-related offenses. In May 2012, the North Berkshire man in his early 40s pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to eight charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — a baseball bat — possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and conspiracy. Willor Jr. had attacked a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force while being arrested in North Adams in March of 2012.
Judge Daniel Ford ordered him to serve three to 3 1/2 years in state prison; a sentence that ran concurrently with one he received in Holyoke related to other drug charges.