Several persons were recently arrested in Holyoke under accusations of various drug crimes. Operation Tidal Wave consisted of the joint efforts of federal officials and Massachusetts state and local police departments. In total, 21 people were arrested on drug charges.
Operation Tidal Wave is reportedly a component of the state's heroin initiative, which targets alleged drug dealers -- specifically narcotics dealers -- on our streets. These specific investigations focused on those who reportedly sold drugs to undercover officers. However, the details surrounding what led the police to initially investigate these particular individuals, as well as the details around their specific arrests, were not publicly released. It is also unclear whether the persons arrested are accused of being part of a larger narcotics organization.