At about 2:00 a.m. yesterday morning, Trooper Joseph Ballotte from the State Police – Northampton Barracks stopped a red Nissan Maxima on Pine Street in Holyoke for operating with a defective headlight.
Trooper Ballotte spoke with the operator, OSCARLO HERNANDEZ, 26 of Holyoke, who produced a Massachusetts Identification card. A check with the Registry of Motor Vehicles showed HERNADEZ’ license was revoked and he was deemed to be a Habitual Traffic Offender. Additionally, HERNANDEZ had an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in Palmer District Court.
HERNANDEZ was subsequently placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle, with assistance from Trooper Scott Boutell, located 28 grams of cocaine.
HERNANDEZ was booked at the Northampton Barracks and charged with the following offenses:
- Trafficking in Cocaine
- Operate Motor Vehicle with License Revoked as Habitual Traffic Offender
- Equipment Violation
HERNANDEZ was transported to the Hampshire County Jail where he was held without bail until his arraignment yesterday in Holyoke District Court.