|160 pounds of marijuana from traffic stop in |
Sturbridge in 2011.
The great news is our law enforcement folks are sharp enough to catch a percentage of these travelers, and hand them over to the courts. The bad news is we are becoming known more for our ease of navigation to all New England points for drug dealers than we for families on vacation, and businesses looking for a new location.
It would be great to see some other news about Sturbridge other than the weekly narcotics bust. Then again, it does show we are very good at one thing: law enforcement, and if we can't have it all, vigilant law enforcement is a great thing to have.
That fact, alone, is one terrific selling point for our town.
Just add it to the list, and eventually it may catch some developers eye.
From the Worcester Telegram August 27, 2013
NY man stopped on I-84 in Sturbridge is charged with drug trafficking
STURBRIDGE — A 40-year-old New York man, who was arrested on Interstate 84 and charged with trafficking in more than 455 grams of oxycodone, was ordered held on $15,000 bail.
Eduardo Pantoja of Yonkers, N.Y., pleaded not guilty in Dudley District Court to trafficking in heroin/morphine/opium. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
State police Sgt. James A. Bazinotti of the Sturbridge barracks found a bag containing 3,165 oxycodone pills under the passenger seat of the minivan Mr. Pantoja was driving, the police report said.
The 30-milligram pills were in 17 bags, each listing a number that was possibly the quantity in each bag, and some names, state police said.
Mr. Pantoja was driving east on I-84 when the sergeant noticed the van had temporary plates from West Virginia. The plates' lettering was too small to read, the report said.
When the sergeant pulled over the driver and approached the vehicle, he smelled air freshener, police said.
Mr. Pantoja told police he had borrowed his cousin's minivan in Manhattan. He said he was driving to meet a married woman named Elizabeth in Boston. He said he was meeting her on a street, and email was his only means of contact, state police said.
When the sergeant told Mr. Pantoja it would help if his story could be verified, Mr. Pantoja asked for a lawyer, the report said.
Drug trafficers arrested on I-84 aren't the problem: It's the dopes running the town.ReplyDelete