NY man gets two years for coke found in I-91 traffic stop

Staff Writer
Published: 10/1/2020 5:01:00 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Staten Island man was sentenced to two years in jail Thursday on drug charges more than a year after state police arrested him during a traffic stop on I-91 last May.

Shawn Snead, 28, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a class A substance, according to the court clerk’s office. This guilty plea came as part of an agreement between prosecutors and Snead, who was represented in court by Daniel R. Mitchell of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Northampton. Mitchell declined to comment when reached by phone Thursday; Judge John Agostini presided over Thursday’s hearing.

Snead had been indicted in July 2019 on charges of trafficking in 36 grams or more of cocaine as well as possession of both a class A and class E substance. As part of the plea agreement, the drug trafficking charge was reduced to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and the possession of a class E substance charge was dropped, according to the court clerk’s office.

According to a police report included in court documents, state police on May 30 last year were watching traffic at the Oxbow crossover on I-91 when they observed a car with a loud exhaust drive by. Police followed the car for six miles and eventually pulled it over in Hatfield. As police ran a query on the car’s driver, an officer noticed the driver reach into the back passenger seat at someone, who was later identified as Snead, “as an attempt to retrieve or hide something.”

Police eventually searched the car and found a small blue waxy bag containing a powdery substance near where Snead’s feet were located. Authorities eventually found a backpack containing $2,800 in cash, a scale and several waxy bags that Snead admitted were his. Snead was also found to be in possession of 58 grams of cocaine and 12 bags of what Snead said was heroin.

Snead was given 490 days credit for time served and will serve the remainder of his sentence in federal prison, according to the court clerk’s office. In August, Snead was sentenced in federal court in Vermont to 49 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and heroin, according to court documents.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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