Man charged with drug trafficking after I-91 stop

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Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2019 12:08:25 AM

HATFIELD — Massachusetts State Police made a drug arrest in the early morning hours of Thursday, following a traffic stop on Interstate 91 in Hatfield.

According to an article posted on the news blog of the Massachusetts State Police, a trooper noticed a 2002 Chevy Tracker with a loud, defective exhaust system while patrolling the interstate in Northampton.

The trooper then followed the Chevy in his vehicle, before pulling it over.

After noticing a passenger “making strange movements” in the backseat, the trooper radioed for backup, after which the occupants were ordered to exit so that a search could be done of the area the passenger was sitting in.

The passenger was Shawn Snead, 27, of Staten Island, New York.

Police say a hypodermic needle and a small amount of a substance believed to be heroin was found. Troopers also allegedly found a bag containing 58 grams of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, five small yellow pills, and 12 small baggies containing heroin on Snead’s person. A scale and more than $2,800 in cash were also found in the vehicle, according to police.

Snead was arrested, while the driver was given a citation for operating with defective equipment and a second passenger was not charged.

Snead was also found during his booking to have an active warrant from charges issued by the U.S. Marshals Service.

He was arraigned in Northampton District Court Thursday on charges of being a fugitive from justice, possession of a class A substance, possession of a class E substance, trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

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