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Addiction in Franklin County

New crack charges  for Greenfield woman

GREENFIELD — For the second time in recent months, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force and local police searched a Bouker Street home and arrested the homeowner, charging Tara N. Shippee with possession of crack cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute.

Shippee, 39, of 1 Bouker St., pleaded innocent May 16 to a charge of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute after the DA’s task force allegedly found 37 individually packaged rocks of crack cocaine valued at $100 apiece in her home.

Greenfield Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy said detectives executing the second search warrant at around 9 a.m. Tuesday found four individually packaged crack rocks by an exterior sliding glass door.

“I believe it was secreted right outside the door,” McCarthy said.

Hiding drugs outside of a residence is not uncommon, McCarthy said, with the person doing so believing this will protect them from criminal connection to the drugs.

Shippee was free on personal recognizance following her prior arrest.

Shippee was arraigned and pleaded innocent Tuesday in Greenfield District Court to a single felony charge of possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance.

Judge William F. Mazanec III ordered Shippee held pending trial in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $100,000 surety, and held without bail pending trial in relation to two prior cases, the May drug arrest and a November 2011 drunk driving arrest. According to court records, Shippee admitted to sufficient facts in the 2011 case, and the judge continued the case without finding until October 2013 on the condition she remain drug and alcohol free.

Police allege in the reports included in the latest filing that Shippee said the drugs were hers, thereby violating the condition in the earliest case.

The Anti-Crime Task Force formed this year, spear-headed by the DA’s office and including State Police and local agencies, with drug investigations as the initial focus.

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