Cops: Alleged Drug Distributor Likes to Buy in Bulk

March 6, 2019
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By Cliff Clark

cclark@sentinel andenterprise.com

LUNENBURG -- A 20-year-old local man was arraigned Monday on marijuana-possession and distribution charges after a police officer discovered over 7 ounces of weed, THC-infused edibles, and three boxes of marijuana-extract cartridges during a route traffic stop, according to court documents.

Samuel C. Hayes, of 599 West St., was the passenger in a vehicle stopped on Chase Road on Jan. 19 after officers ran the vehicle’s plate and learned the operator had his license suspended, according to the police narrative of the incident.

The driver was allowed to call for someone to pick him up and while waiting, one of the officers saw “in plain sight” a plastic bag of a leafy-green substance.

The two men were then asked to get out of the vehicle while an officer pulled a backpack from the back seat of the vehicle.

The backpack, according to the narrative, had a “distinct odor of unburnt marijuana.”

Hayes, when asked, told the officers the backpack was his, according to the narrative.

The officers went through the backpack and discovered 7.42 ounces of marijuana in eight individually-weighed and packaged plastic baggies, three boxes of marijuana-extract cartridges, a package of THC-infused edibles, a digital scale, plastic baggies, five blue pills identified as amphetamine tablets, and $543 in cash.

While the officer was going through the bag, Hayes allegedly told them he sold marijuana to his friends at parties and that he usually buys his marijuana in bulk, usually an ounce, but this time he had bought a pound.

Hayes, according to the narrative, was “honest and being cooperative” so the officers explained to him all the marijuana-related products would be seized and Hayes would received a summons on charges of possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, possession of a Class E substance (the pills), and possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana by a person less than 21-years-old.

After being told of the summons, the ride the two men were waiting for arrived and they, and the officers, left the scene.

After his arraignment on the charges, Fitchburg District Court Judge Christopher LoConto ordered Hayes released on a written promise to appear.

His next court date is April 23.