Holyoke men plead innocent to drug charges
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | March 19,2013
BRATTLEBORO — Two men from Holyoke, Mass., pleaded innocent Monday to charges of drug trafficking.
The men were arrested in Guilford on Guilford Center Road after Vermont State Police followed them from a West Brattleboro apartment, where they were under surveillance for suspicion of drug dealing.
Douglas Lozada, 29, and Edison “Angel” Lajara, 25, were ordered held on $40,000 and $20,000 bail respectively after their arraignment in Brattleboro criminal court. Both were held at the state prison in Springfield.
Both men were charged with trafficking in heroin and possession of cocaine, and Lajara was also charged with giving false information to a police officer to implicate another.
According to Vermont State Police affidavits, Lozada and Lajara have been on police radar for the last four months, after Senior Trooper Michael Studin received information from four different sources that three men from Holyoke were selling large quantities of heroin and cocaine in the Brattleboro area.
The three men were known by their names Edison, Doug and Tyson.
According to court records, both men have extensive criminal history, and have several aliases.
The trooper said that when they were in Vermont, they stayed at homes in West Brattleboro, Newfane and Dummerston, and also stayed with a relative of one of the men in downtown Brattleboro.
“I learned that they had sold heroin and cocaine from each of these residences and were actively selling heroin and cocaine from the downtown Brattleboro apartment,” Studin wrote.
Studin wrote that on Friday he received information that two of the three suspected drug dealers, “Edison” and “Doug,” were in Brattleboro and selling heroin and cocaine. Studin said he received a tip from a reliable source that the two men would be meeting someone on Route 5 in Guilford to sell a large amount of heroin and cocaine.
Studin, who knew what vehicle they were using, said he observed the vehicle Friday evening on Route 5, and pulled it over after it went over the double yellow line twice, the affidavit stated.
Studin observed two “grinders” in a dashboard floor pocket in the Massachusetts vehicle, which each contained marijuana. After Lajara, the driver, consented to a search of the vehicle, police found $1,400 in cash on his person. Lajara said the money came from a recent car sale.
Police found four cellphones in the vehicle, and also noted a heavy odor of cologne in the vehicle due to four bottles of cologne.
Police found clear plastic sandwich bag hidden behind the molding around the radio, and the bag contained cocaine, police said, along with numerous blue glassine bags.
The white powder field tested positive for cocaine, which police said had a street value of $360.
The blue glassine bags were stamped with the phrase “Blue Magic,” along with the Pepsi symbol. The 133 bags had a street value of approximately $2,660, police said. It field tested positive for heroin, police said.
The false information charge against Lajara stemmed from him telling police he had a valid license, and that the car did not contain any illegal drugs, court records stated.