Troopers: N.Y. man arrested on narcotics charges after Hatfield traffic stop


Published: 5/31/2019 8:53:32 AM

HATFIELD — Massachusetts State Police arrested a New York man on multiple narcotics charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 91 north early Thursday morning, state police said in a press release.

Shawn Snead, 27, of Staten Island, New York, was a passenger in a 2002 Chevy Tracker driving north on I-91 in Northampton just after 1 a.m. when state troopers patrolling the area noticed the vehicle had a “loud and defective exhaust,” state police said. The troopers stopped the car in Hatfield.

The driver told Trooper Dario Trifone that “they were headed home to Vermont after picking up his friend in New York,” state police said. While Trifone wrote the driver a citation for operating with defective equipment, “he noticed the backseat passenger,” identified as Snead, “making strange movements.”

A subsequent search of the seat Snead was sitting in allegedly revealed “a hypodermic needle and a small bag of a substance believed to be heroin … a bag containing 58 grams of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, 5 small yellow pills, and 12 small baggies containing heroin on Snead’s person. They also located a scale and more than $2,800 in cash in the vehicle,” state police said.

Troopers arrested Snead, and discovered he “had an active warrant for his arrest stemming from charges issued by the United States Marshalls Service,” state police said. Snead was arraigned in Northampton District Court Thursday on charges of fugitive from justice; possession of a Class A substance; possession of a Class E substance; trafficking in cocaine; and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

The driver was issued only a citation and a second passenger was not charged.


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