At 6 p.m. on September 12, Trooper Joel Daoust, assigned to State Police-Sturbridge, was on patrol during his assigned evening shift. As he merged his cruiser on to Route 84 westbound, from Route 20, in Sturbridge he observed a black Audi being operated at a speed he estimated to be much higher than the posted speed limit. Trooper Daoust activated his blue lights and stopped the Audi then approached it and identified the operator as MARCUS RIGGINS, 30, of East Hartford, Conn.
Trooper Daoust informed RIGGINS why he was stopped then quickly discovered RIGGINS did not possess a driver’s license. RIGGINS was eventually removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. During a search of his person, Trooper Daoust located an item in RIGGINS’ belt line that Trooper Daoust believed to be a bundle of wax folds, commonly used in the packaging of illegal narcotics. After further investigation on scene, the bundle was removed and the wax folds were found to contain a substance suspected to be Fentanyl. After a search of the vehicle, Trooper Daoust located additional narcotics, cash, and a loaded .25 caliber pistol. RIGGINS is not licensed to carry firearms. In total, 1,428 wax folds, containing a combined amount of 29 grams of suspected Fentanyl, and approximately 3 grams of a substance suspected to be Crack Cocaine was located.
RIGGINS was transported to the Sturbridge Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and set bail at $15,000. RIGGINS was scheduled for arraignment at Dudley District Court on the following charges:
- Illegal Possession of a Firearm;
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm;
- Possession of a Firearm while Committing Felony;
- Improper Storage of a Firearm;
- Trafficking in Fentanyl;
- Possession of a Class B Substance, Subsequent Offense;
- Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
- Fail to Wear Seatbelt;
- Obstructing Emergency Vehicle; and
- Failure to Keep Right.