Police raid converted Holyoke firehouse, discover trove of guns, cars, marijuana and millions of dollars



  • 452 Main St. in Holyoke  STAFF PHOTO/DAN CROWLEY

Staff Writer
Published: 8/30/2020 6:05:35 PM
Modified: 8/30/2020 6:05:35 PM

HOLYOKE — A traffic stop in Pelham last week led police to discover a converted Main Street firehouse in Holyoke filled with over 50 pounds of marijuana, multiple exotic and high-end cars, a cache of 24 illegal guns and millions of dollars.

Cory Taylor, 41, of New Salem, was arrested in Pelham last Friday when state police allegedly found 138 pounds of marijuana in an Econoline van, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office. Taylor was brought to a local county jail while police further investigated him; he was bailed out Friday. Taylor did not appear for his arraignment this past Monday and is considered “armed and dangerous,” authorities say.

Based on the amount of marijuana found in the van, the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency were called to assist.

Taylor’s part-time residence, at 2 Fay Road in New Salem, was found to have a large garage which contained 37 cars valued over $1 million, police said. Investigators learned that Taylor had been tied to previous law enforcement investigations in the past at 452 Main St., so a search warrant for that address was obtained and executed on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The district attorney’s office said the property is an old converted firehouse with significant high-end renovations. Inside the property, police allegedly found eight exotic high-end cars, 24 guns, ammunition, several million dollars and over 50 pounds of marijuana.

Taylor, who had been originally charged with trafficking in marijuana, was additionally charged with improper storage of a large capacity firearm, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number while committing a felony, commission of a felony while armed, possession of ammunition without a license, money laundering and 24 counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, the district attorney’s office said.

“The illicit marijuana market is thriving as evidenced by the large amounts of product and currency involved in this arrest. The danger posed and threat to public safety is evident, the suspect involved felt the need to possess an arsenal to defend this lucrative business,” Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a statement. “Thank you to all the agencies involved in removing a very significant amount of illegal guns off of our streets.”

State police are actively looking for Taylor. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office (413) 505-5993 or anonymously utilize Text-a-Tip by texting the word CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) and type the world SOLVE followed by the information.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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