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Troopers Arrest Two Men Trafficking Crack Cocaine


Shortly after 10 p.m. on August 28, Trooper Timothy Alben, assigned to the Troop B Community Action Team, was patrolling Route 91 in Greenfield. At that time, he observed a gray Ford F150 pickup truck pass his location with window tint he suspected to be darker than the legal limit. Trooper Alben entered traffic and stopped the Ford on Route 91 at the 42 Mile Marker.

Upon the vehicle coming to a full stop, Trooper Alben approached it and identified the operator as JOSE TORRES, 33, of Houston, Texas, and a passenger as ALICEDES HERNANDEZ, 28, of New York, N.Y. While speaking to the men, Trooper Alben noted numerous inconsistencies in their stories and began to suspect they may be involved in criminal activity. After a short time, Trooper Alben requested permission to search the vehicle, which was granted. After an in-depth search, Troopers located a large amount of suspected Crack and Powder Cocaine hidden under the rubber cladding of the rear tailgate hatch. In total, Troopers seized over 300 grams of Cocaine.

Both men were placed under arrest and transported to the Shelburne Falls Barracks for booking. A bail commis


sioner was contacted and set bail at $10,000 for both men, who were eventually transported to the Franklin County House of Corrections. They were scheduled for arraignment at Greenfield District Court on the following charges.

JOSE TORRES:

  1. Trafficking in Cocaine, over 200 grams;

  2. Possession of Class B Drug with Intent to Distribute;

  3. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;

  4. Illegal Window Tint; and

  5. Registration Not in Possession.

ALICEDES HERNANDEZ

  1. Trafficking in Cocaine, over 200 grams;

  2. Possession of Class B Drug with Intent to Distribute; and

  3. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law.


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