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Greenfield man arrested after police say he told them he “just started dealing” heroin

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man faces several drug dealing charges after detail officers stopped the car in which he rode.

Phillip Johnson, 26, of 84 Bayberry Court, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute and possession of a Class C drug with intent to distribute Tuesday in Greenfield District Court.

Johnson was arrested Monday afternoon when his driver was pulled over for speeding, according to a report by officer Felix Ramos.

Ramos was working a construction detail on Leyden Road with officer Patrick Buchanan when the two saw a Hyundai Elantra speed by at about 1:30 p.m., he wrote.

When the two approached the car, they found the unnamed female driver had covered her speedometer with a cell phone, on which a movie was playing, Ramos wrote.

She told police she likes to listen to the audio from movies while she drives, the officer wrote, and said she was speeding because she “didn’t know police would be there.”

Her passenger, later identified as Johnson, was not wearing a seat belt, and police asked for his identification, according to the report.

He then began to nervously dig through a backpack at his feet to retrieve his license, and Ramos saw a suspicious black lockbox inside the bag, he wrote.

Johnson told him the box contained his medication, and Ramos asked to look inside to verify that the medicine was his.

Inside were several pill bottles, a digital scale, small Ziploc bags and a cigarette pack. Inside the cigarette pack, Ramos wrote, were 28 bags of heroin stamped “Ducati,” the name of a luxury motorcycle manufacturer.

The heroin was contained in six “bundles,” Ramos wrote, leading him to believe they were packaged for resale.

Asked about the drugs, Johnson said “I just started dealing,” and that he uses the opioid Suboxone himself, rather than heroin, according to the report.

Four strips of Suboxone, as well as 14 pills of the tranquilizer Lorazepam, were also found in the case, Ramos wrote.

Johnson was released on personal recognizance after his arraignment, and set to return to court Aug. 26 for a pretrial conference.

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