Marijuana among charges for 3 arrests

    Three local residents were arrested in Holyoke Thursday, Jan. 11, for offenses related to marijuana, among other charges, according to a press release from Sgt. Mark Werts of the Holyoke Police Department.
    HPD was asked by the 13th Judicial District Probation Department to stand by at a residence located at 445 W. Johnson St. in Holyoke while they conducted a home visit of a probationer. HPD Chief Doug Bergstrom and Werts stood by at the residence while they conducted the visit.
    During the course of the home visit, items were located that caused the visit to transform into a criminal investigation. A search warrant was then obtained.
    Items located at the residence included drug paraphernalia, a scale, baggies and felony amounts of marijuana.
    Arrested at the residence was Leslie Moore, age 29, of Holyoke. She was charged with a probation violation, violation of a restraining order and offenses related to marijuana. Her bond was set at $10,000 for the probation violation and $15,000 for the other charges.
    Shortly thereafter, Werts, assisted by Phillips County Undersheriff William “J.R.” Meyers and Deputy Phil Biersdorfer, conducted a traffic contact on a semitrailer in the 100 block of East Johnson Street.  The driver of the semitrailer and the passenger were also residents of the 445 W. Johnson St. address.
    During the course of the traffic contact, the driver of the semitrailer, identified as Joseph Olivarez, age 24, was found to have three warrants from Nebraska.
    A search warrant for the semitrailer was obtained, and more marijuana, another scale and baggies were located within the cab of the semitrailer.
    Olivarez and Mark Vela, age 25, were arrested without incident. Both were charged with offenses related to marijuana. Bond was set for Olivarez at $1,500 for the Nebraska warrants and $5,000 for the Holyoke charges. Bond was set at $2,500 for Vela.
    The three were scheduled to be in Phillips County District Court Jan. 16.

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