Greenfield couple faces heroin charges
GREENFIELD — A local couple has been charged with heroin distribution after 213 packets were found in their apartment.
Todd M. Howard, 29, and Felisha Lackey, 29, of 14½ Chapman St., Apartment 5, pleaded innocent to possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws, in Greenfield District Court Thursday.
At about 5:57 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force arrived at the apartment with a warrant, according to Detective Kevin Rowell’s report. They used a pry-bar to make their way into the residence when the couple didn’t answer the door, according to the report.
Once police discovered the drugs, Howard began to cooperate, wrote Rowell. According to the report, Howard told police that Lackey uses heroin daily, and that he provides her with the drug.
Four children, between the ages of 2 and 12, were taken into custody by the state Department of Children and Families after they were found in the apartment during the raid.
Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy said police had been investigating the couple for at least two months.
The widespread availability of cheap heroin is a major concern of the department.
“Heroin is out of control,” said McCarthy. “Hopefully, with the assistance of the task force, we’ll be able to get more of a handle on it. It’s a nasty drug.”
McCarthy said the task force is a vital tool in the battle against heroin.
“Because of the resources and the number of officers involved, the task force is very helpful,” he said.
He also wanted to thank the Department of Children and Families for seeing to the children.