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Greenfield Recorder – Police arrest two men with gun on drug charges in Greenfield

Greenfield Recorder – Police arrest two men with gun on drug charges in Greenfield

Greenfield Recorder – Police arrest two men with gun on drug charges in Greenfield

PERSONAL FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

PERSONAL FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ
PERSONAL FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

GREENFIELD — Two men, one from Greenfield and one from Vermont, were arrested in Greenfield this week on drug and firearms charges as part of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office’s Safe Neighborhood Project initiative.

Police arrested Joseph Martinez-Casanova, 35, of Greenfield on Tuesday on two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and Bupenorphine after police allegedly observed him making a drug sale on Maple Street in Greenfield, according to DA spokeswoman Laurie Losiel.

On Wednesday, police arrested A Joshua Giard, 39, of Guilford, Vermont, on Main Street in Greenfield after police allegedly saw him holding a gun that he pulled from his waistband. He faces charges of carrying a loaded firearm; carrying a high capacity firearm without a license and possession of a high capacity feeding device.

Gov. Maura Healey’s office gave the DA’s office a $93,000 Project Safe Neighborhood grant to cover the cost of a district-wide gun buyback effort in April and also to fund law enforcement efforts against drugs throughout the region. The Anti-Criminal Task Force is made up of local police from 13 departments, as well as three state police members assigned to the DA’s office.

In May, the task force made 13 arrests for weapons offenses, outstanding warrants, drug distribution and trafficking charges in Bernardston, Athol, Williamsburg, Erving, Turners Falls, Greenfield and Northampton.