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Troopers Arrest Two Men Trafficking Fentanyl, Cocaine

On Thursday August 24, Trooper Nathaniel Walker, a recent graduate of the 88th Recruit Training Troop, and his Field Training Officer, Trooper Hunter Ratelle, both assigned to State Police-Shelburne Falls, were patrolling Route 91 in Deerfield. At that time, they observed a gray Infiniti sedan without a font license plate. Trooper Walker activated the cruiser’s blue lights and stopped the Infiniti.

Upon the vehicle coming to a full stop, the Troopers approached it and identified the operator as SEAN MORRISSEY, 50, of Hartford, Conn. They quickly learned that MORRISSEY’s driver’s license was suspended for a prior charge of operating under the influence of intoxicating drugs. Additionally, Troopers discovered that MORRISSEY had active warrants for his arrest in New Hampshire. MORRISSEY was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest, then escorted to the rear of Trooper Walker’s cruiser.

The passenger, identified as MICHAEL OCONNERS, 27, also of Hartford, Conn., did not have a driver’s license and was removed from the vehicle in order for it to be towed from the scene. Prior to the vehicle being towed, Troopers conducted an inventory of its contents and, while doing so, observed paraphernalia commonly used in the consumption of illegal narcotics. Due to this discovery, Troopers began a full search of the vehicle. During the search, Troopers located a combined total of approximately 227 grams of Crack Cocaine, approximately 3000 individual wax fold packs of Heroin, and a small amount of powder Cocaine. OCONNERS was then placed under arrest as well.

Both men were transported to the Shelburne Falls Barracks for booking. A bail commissioner was contacted and ordered MORRISSEY to be held without bail and set a $10,000 bail amount for OCONNERS. They were scheduled for arraignment at Greenfield District Court on the following charges.

SEAN MORRISSEY:

  1. Trafficking in Fentanyl;

  2. Trafficking in Cocaine;

  3. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;

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

  5. Operating Motor Vehicle with Suspended Driver’s License; and

  6. License Plate Violation.

MICHAEL OCONNERS:

  1. Trafficking in Fentanyl;

  2. Trafficking in Cocaine;

  3. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law; and

  4. Possession of Class B Drug with Intent to Distribute.

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