Last Tuesday, at approximately 3 p.m., Trooper Tyler Hersom, assigned to State Police-Northampton, was on patrol on Interstate 91 northbound in Whately.  At that time he observed a vehicle pass his location with no front or rear license plates. Trooper Hersom activated his cruiser’s blue lights and stopped the vehicle.

Once the vehicle came to a full stop Trooper Hersom observed five people seated inside. He made contact with the operator, identified as DYLAN GRASKEY, 35, of Shaftsbury, Vt., and informed him why he was stopped. While speaking to the occupants Trooper Hersom noted deceptive behaviors, inconsistent stories, and evasive answers then requested additional assistance. During the investigation on scene a State Police K-9 was deployed to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle. While doing so, the occupants were removed from the vehicle and, once completed, allowed to reenter the vehicle. As the front seat passenger opened the door, Trooper Hersom observed white rectangular packaging in plain view under passenger seat. The packaging was immediately noticed to be consistent with that of heroin.

The five occupants were temporarily detained while a full search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search Troopers located a 9mm pistol, a .22 Cal pistol, approximately 1,150 stamped wax paper-folds containing a substance suspected to be Heroin, and approximately 35 grams of a substance suspected to be crack cocaine. GRASKEY and a 16-year-old juvenile male from Springfield were both placed under arrest and transported to the Northampton Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $200,000 for GRASKEY and $100,000 for the juvenile. The remaining three occupants were criminally summonsed and will be arraigned at Greenfield District Court at a later date.

GRASKEY and the juvenile were arraigned at Greenfield District Court the following day on the below charges:

  1. Trafficking in Heroin;
  2. Trafficking in Cocaine;
  3. Illegal Possession of a Firearm, two counts;
  4. Carrying a Loaded Firearm, two counts;
  5. Illegal Possession of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, two counts; and
  6. Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.