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Addiction in Franklin County

Deerfield arrest ends in drug, weapons charges

GREENFIELD — An area man pleaded innocent to cocaine and heroin charges Monday in Greenfield District Court following his arrest Saturday on Routes 5 and 10 in Deerfield.

Scott B. King, 47, faces charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, simple possession of heroin and Class E prescription drugs, possession of an electric stun gun, carrying a dangerous weapon — a spring-assisted knife — and conspiracy to violate drug laws. The driver of the car in which King was a passenger also faces charges in relation to the suspected drugs found in the vehicle. Her information was not available from the court or police Monday.

Judge William F. Mazanec III ordered King, with a listed address in Wendell but described as homeless in the police report, held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond in the Franklin County House of Correction.

According to the report filed by Trooper Gerald D. Perwak of the Northampton barracks, he spotted a 2002 Honda Accord parked at the Circle K Gas Station in Deerfield at 1:50 a.m. and ran the plates, finding the vehicle to be unregistered. Stopping the car when it left the parking lot, he ran the names of the occupants through the police database and found results for two.

“I learned that (the driver) had an open possession of heroin case and that King had a very violent criminal history in (Massachusetts), which included a murder charge and a rape of a child. He was also listed as a registered sex offender,” Perwak wrote.

Asked if he had a weapon, King offered a pocket knife, which Perwak confiscated as a dangerous weapon due to a spring-assisted opening mechanism and a lock.

Perwak searched the vehicle after noticing a plastic bag of suspected cocaine on the center console, on the basis of which he arrested and searched the driver.

A search of the car turned up an eyeglass case in the front passenger area containing four bags of white powder, a bundle of 10 packets of a brown powder, a bundle of five packets of brown powder and several loose packets, as well as cotton swabs and syringes, an electric stun gun and a digital scale with a white residue.

Another trooper searched King, finding several individual packets of brown powder consistent with heroin in a pocket, a syringe loaded with brown liquid in his waistband, and two pills later identified as the antidepressant trazodone and opioid painkiller oxycodone.

A second passenger was also searched and released after nothing was found.

The driver repeatedly denied any involvement with the drugs, and said she did not know the passengers and was just giving them a ride from Club Castaway in Whately.

King said he had met the driver a few days earlier in Charlemont and that she had called him the night before, then gave him a ride to the club, with his cellphone call log confirming this.

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