A MAN who went into meltdown on a plane and bit a fellow passenger is thought to have been carrying a package of cocaine which burst in his stomach.
CANTON, Mass. — A routine traffic stop led to the seizure of four kilos of cocaine on Interstate 93 in Canton Saturday morning, Massachusetts state police said.
A Nissan Quest driven by Hector Rivera Martinez, 40, of Milwaukee, was stopped by police for motor vehicle violations.
When a trooper with a K-9 was called to the scene, Martinez jumped over the guardrail and down a steep, rocky embankment, police said.
Martinez was taken into custody a short time later and a search of the van found four kilos of cocaine, police said.
Martinez was charged with drug trafficking and is being held on $200,000 bail.
LUDLOW, Mass. — A high-ranking Ludlow police officer charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker has been suspended without pay.
Lt. Thomas Foye had been suspended with pay since his arrest in August, but because he was indicted by a grand jury last week, the town’s Select Board voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend him without pay.
According to court documents, video surveillance captured the 49-year-old Foye entering the locked narcotics locker at the police station, where he appears to handle and open evidence bags. He is charged with tampering with evidence, theft of drugs from a dispensary and cocaine possession.
In a brief statement at Tuesday’s board meeting, the 25-year veteran thanked the board and said he “went into surgery a hero and came out a drug addict.”
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Springfield woman was arrested Monday night after police said they found cocaine hidden in a diaper bag that was in her vehicle.
A trooper on patrol on Carew Street stopped a Saab wagon for a motor vehicle violation, police said.
The Saab that was occupied by four people including a juvenile was operated by Soraida Quinones, 31.
A bag with a white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine, was located in a diaper bag within the passenger compartment, police said.
Quinones was arrested and charged with possession of a class B substance, receiving stolen property and operating after license suspension among other offenses.
MASON, N.H. — New Hampshire police are looking for a man suspected of assaulting a police chief during a traffic stop in Mason.
The police department says Chief Barry Hutchins was trying to arrest 38-year-old Russell N. Monbleau of Fitchburg, Mass. on Friday night when Monbleau struck him several times and threw a metal chair at him knocking him to the ground.
Monbleau then ran into the woods. Police searched the area with dogs but were unable to find him.
Police arrested the driver of the car, 34-year-old Danielle Dickstein of Amherst on charges of possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.
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