Hovering ’copter helps apprehend suspects
GREENFIELD — With the help of a helicopter, conveniently present for unrelated purposes, Greenfield and State Police arrested two people Thursday following a dramatic car stop at the intersection of Federal and Silver streets.
The Connecticut residents face a number of charges including heroin possession with intent to distribute.
State police arrested Tyvonne Gooden, 23, of Manchester, charging him with possession with intent to distribute what is suspected to be heroin, and eight motor vehicle violations including failure to stop, speeding and unlicensed operation.
Greenfield Police arrested Cayla E. Jones, 20, of Manchester, charging her with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, two counts of possession with intent in a school zone and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
State Police spokesman Trooper Todd Nolan said the call opened at 3:21 p.m. and ended with the arrest at 4:50 p.m.
Greenfield Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy said the State Police helicopter was headed to Greenfield from the Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee for a scheduled search of the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers for two missing persons. The helicopter was diverted to help in a separate search after a driver failed to stop for State Police who had been following him on Interstate 91 northbound.
“It was just wonderful that they were in the area for this,” McCarthy said.
The man abandoned his rental car on Silver Street and fled on foot, McCarthy said, and Greenfield police followed phone reports of a running man matching the driver’s description but could not find him.
A caller reported the man entering a white vehicle with Connecticut plates, and the helicopter spotted it from the air and directed police to it.
Nolan said Gooden had called Jones for a ride.
Nolan said police conducted a felony stop, which may involve drawn guns, although he was not present and could not definitely confirm this.
McCarthy said guns were probably drawn.
State Police arrested Gooden and Greenfield Police interviewed Jones, during which process they discovered approximatelty 15 grams of crack cocaine and 19 bundles of heroin, which should total 190 bags, the bags stamped with a new brand.
The stamp, “Impact,” was also found on a 20th bundle found in the area where Gooden had abandoned his rental car, McCarthy said, leading to the conspiracy charge.
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