LEOMINSTER – On Wednesday, June 21, at approximately 6 a.m., State Troopers with The Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team carried out a daytime knock and search warrant at 499 Litchfield Street.
According to the Narrative of State Trooper Jorge Sanchez, the target of the investigation was Holvin Nieves.
“The search warrant was for his person, the target address, for fentanyl,” wrote Trooper Sanchez in his Narrative.
Holvin Nieves, 41, of Leominster, is unemployed, married with five dependents, and known to the Leominster police as an opioid user and distributor.
On June 20, the day before this search warrant was executed, Nieves was arrested in Leominster after crashing into a telephone pole while high. Police said Nieves had heroin, crack and a bullet he wasn’t licensed to carry in his pocket at the time of the accident.
Trooper Sanchez and ten other State Troopers with the STOP Team made entry into the apartment where they found Nieves, Armand Draleau, aged 80, Carolyn Snow, 55, Cindy Mayette, 46, and Kristen Broomfield, 36.
“All parties were detained, body worn cameras were activated for the entry of the residence and a copy of the search warrant was shown to Nieves and the homeowner, Draleau,” wrote Trooper Sanchez in his Narrative.
Inside the bedroom where Nieves had been staying, police located crack cocaine inside a small green container and loose orange and yellow pills that police could not locate a valid prescription for.
On Snow, police found a portion of a small black leather glove with fentanyl inside. According to Trooper Sanchez, Snow handed the glove and its contents over voluntarily.
Trooper Chelsea Safford then observed Snow manipulating her chest area and suspected she was in possession of contraband.
“Upon notifying Snow of this, Snow admitted she possessed a small amount of narcotics in her bra,” wrote Officer Sanchez in his Narrative. “She voluntarily provided this to officers. Located on the person of Nieves was approximately $2,000 US currency and another undetermined amount of US currency was in Nieves’ wallet (ID was contained within and Nieves admitted that it was his wallet). Nieves admitted to all substances located in the bedroom including the pills and suspected crack cocaine.”
The crack weighed approximately 2-3 grams and there were four small round orange pills and 20 round yellow pills. According to Trooper Sanchez, a search of drugs.com determined that none of the pills were a controlled substance.
“The US currency located on Nieves was seized as suspected profit of illegal drug sales and Nieves did not have a definitive explanation of employment to prove he earned his income lawfully,” wrote Trooper Sanchez in his Narrative.
Nieves was taken into custody and transported to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Leominster where he was booked. Nieves was charged with Possession of a Class B Substance and Possession of a Class E Substance.
Snow was advised by police that she may be charged at a later date.
Nieves’ bail was set at $2,500.
He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on June 21.
Nieves had a pretrial hearing on July 21.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 21.
Disclaimer: If you are wondering why the incident in this story was from June (you’re an a$$hole that doesn’t understand my business model, just kidding🃏), that’s because I had to file FOIA request(s) to get the court documents for the incident. FOIAs are time consuming.