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Holyoke Resident Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Holyoke woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to distributing heroin.

Milagros Gaetan, 50, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging her with distributing and possessing with intent to distribute heroin. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for June 26, 2020. 

On Oct. 1, 2019, an undercover officer made a controlled drug purchase in an area known for the availability of heroin, cocaine and cocaine base on Appleton Street in Holyoke. The officer walked down the street and encountered an individual later identified at Gaetan. Gaetan asked the officer what he was looking for and he responded one bundle (10 bags) of heroin. Gaetan told the officer to wait, and then returned a short time later with one bundle of heroin, which she gave to the officer in return for cash.

On Oct. 7, 2019, the undercover officer returned to the area and purchased one bundle of heroin and cocaine from Gaetan in return for cash.  On Oct. 25, 2019, Gaetan was arrested and charged by criminal complaint.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years of supervised release and fine of $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Holyoke Police Chief Manny Febo made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 18, 2023