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Alleged Holyoke marijuana trafficker Cory Taylor found dead in vacant building, lawyer confirms

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 10/23/2020 Stephanie Barry, masslive.com

HOLYOKE — Police discovered alleged marijuana trafficker Cory A. Taylor’s body in a vacant building Thursday, Taylor’s attorney confirmed.

The building is near what law enforcement officials described as a “luxury dwelling” Taylor created in a former firehouse on Main Street.

James Leydon, spokesman for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, said the office is still waiting an official identification of the body from the medical examiner.

“I can confirm that a deceased body was discovered in an abandoned warehouse next door to Mr. Taylor’s residence,” Leydon said. The building’s owner found the body, he said.

Defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni on Friday said the body is Taylor’s.

The manner of his death has not been publicly disclosed.

Taylor, 40, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police after a traffic stop on Aug. 21 and went missing after making bail. He was charged with marijuana trafficking, illegal gun possession and other alleged crimes.

Troopers initially seized 138 pounds of marijuana and a pair of brass knuckles from the van Taylor was driving, according to a police report.

State police and federal agents subsequently searched a home in New Salem where Taylor professed to rent a room from his mother, and eventually searched the converted firehouse where they found over $4 million in cash, a trove of illegal guns and ammunition, bales of pot and a collection of exotic sports cars.

Gulluni’s office issued a public alert at the time, warning that Taylor was considered armed and dangerous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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