Haydenville man denies drug charges

  • Eric Kelly-Combs, left, was arraigned on 12 drug and weapons charges in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. REBECCA EVERETT/MassLive

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

NORTHAMPTON – A Haydenville man charged with smuggling Suboxone and cocaine into the Hampshire County Jail  in February was arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday on those and 10 other charges resulting from three separate incidents.

Eric Kelly-Combs, 25, pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges. 

They include three charges from a Jan. 4 incident in Hatfield: possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

From a Feb. 14 traffic stop in Northampton, Kelly-Combs is charged with trafficking between 36 to 100 grams of heroin, two counts of possession of a firearm with two prior crimes of violence or serious drug crimes, possession of ammunition with two prior crimes of violence or serious drug crimes, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, misleading a police officer and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Kelly-Combs was allegedly the passenger of a car driven by Paulo Rodrigues-Correia when police stopped the men on Conz Street in Northampton. Kelly-Combs allegedly gave police a false name.

He was also wanted on three warrants issued by Northampton District Court for drug and assault and battery charges.

After searching the car at the scene, officers found over 59 grams of heroin, two stolen handguns — a .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum and .357 Smith & Wesson revolver — as well as a large quantity of marijuana. 

Both men were arraigned in Northampton District Court on those charges Feb. 16. 

The two other charges that Kelly-Combs was arraigned on Tuesday resulted from the February court appearance: possession with intent to distribute both Suboxone and cocaine.

On Feb. 19, a confidential informant at the jail told a staff member that Kelly-Combs snuck drugs into the facility which he was selling to other inmates in the gym and dining hall areas.

During a strip-search, staff found the finger of a latex glove in his mouth that contained the cocaine and Suboxone.

Kelly-Combs is being held on $40,000 cash bail or $400,000 personal surety, and is due back in court Sept. 27 for a pretrial hearing.

Chris Lindahl can be reached at clindahl@gazettenet.com.