Being in a rush always catches up with you.
At 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, Trooper Owen King, a recent graduate of the State Police Academy with the 87th RTT, was on patrol with his field training officer Trooper Michael Leslie. While on Route 91 northbound in Greenfield, Troopers King and Leslie clocked a grey sedan travelling over the posted speed limit. A query of the vehicle’s registration revealed the registered owner had an active warrant through Holyoke District Court from 2011. The Troopers were able to position the cruiser behind the speeding sedan and turn on the cruiser’s blue lights to conduct a stop.
When Trooper King approached the sedan, he engaged the operator in conversation. Trooper Leslie was able to confirm the operator was the registered owner of the vehicle, BRENDON LEE, 39, of Milton Vt. Upon confirming his identity, LEE was removed from the vehicle and placed into handcuffs. The Troopers confirmed the warrant for LEE was active and placed him under arrest, reading LEE his Miranda rights. It was also determined that LEE did not have his corrective glasses, a restriction on his license for operating a motor vehicle. During the motor vehicle inventory prior to towing the vehicle from the scene, Troopers King and Leslie discovered an unusual amount of clothing and footwear in the trunk of the vehicle. Hidden in the clothing, the Troopers were able to locate five plastic baggies of various sizes containing a total of 215 grams of cocaine, and 11 grams of fentanyl. Also discovered in the vehicle was over $2,000 in cash in varying denominations.
Troopers King and Leslie were then assisted on scene by Trooper Nicholas Pickunka of the MSP K9 Unit in order to complete the sweep of the vehicle for further drug related contraband.
LEE was transported to the Shelburne Falls Barracks to be booked, fingerprinted, and photographed. He was arraigned at Greenfield District Court on the following charges:
- Trafficking In Cocaine;
- Trafficking in Fentanyl;
- Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle (B Restriction – Corrective Lenses); and