State Police Investigation Leads to Arrest, Seizure of Bagged and Planted Marijuana
The arrest and seizures followed a three-week investigation, initiated by Trooper David Pinkham of the Shelburne Falls Barracks, into suspected drug activity at 318 and 320 Greenfield Road. Based on information gathered during the investigation, State Police sought and obtained a search warrant from the Greenfield District Court for those locations. Among other intelligence, the investigation revealed that KAY uses both addresses in a marijuana cultivation and distribution operation.
During execution of the search warrant at a house at 318 Greenfield Rd., police found bags containing green vegetable matter believed to be marijuana inside a kitchen cabinet, a gun locker and a clothes dryer. Cash was found bundled in bags found inside the dryer and a vacuum cleaner.
Outside, a few yards way from the home on the northwest corner of the lot, the raid team found 200 growing marijuana plants, with stalks between 4 and 4 ½ feet tall. Among other drug paraphernalia confiscated inside the house, troopers also found pruning shears and felt ties used to secure growing plants to sticks.
KAY was arrested at the scene, given his Miranda rights, and charged with Possession of a Class D narcotic with intent to distribute, subsequent offense, and cultivating a Class D narcotic, subsequent offense. KAY is being held at the Franklin County House of Correction on $100,000 cash bail.
State troopers involved in the investigation, arrest and seizures are assigned to the Shelburne Falls Barracks, the Hampshire/ Franklin District Attorney's Office, the Hampshire/Franklin Drug Task Force and the State Police K-9 Section. Assistance was provided to them by the Springfield Office of the DEA.
No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.