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Addiction in Franklin County

Drug raid leads to charges for local woman

GREENFIELD — The district attorney’s new crime task force seized several thousand dollars’ worth of crack cocaine from a Bouker Street home Thursday morning and arrested a resident.

Greenfield Police Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy said the woman was the focus of an invest-igation that led to the execution of a search warrant by the North-western District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force with the assistance of the Greenfield Police Department.

Police arrested Tara Nicole Shippee, 39, of 1 Bouker St.

“Located under her control were over 35 individually packaged rocks of crack cocaine ready for sale,” McCarthy wrote in a statement.

Judge Laurie MacLeod ordered Shippee released on personal recognizance at her arraignment in Greenfield District Court where she pleaded innocent to a charge of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute.

McCarthy said the $100 rocks, each roughly half the size of a marble, were packaged in the usual fashion in tied-off plastic bag corners. According to the police report filed in District Court, 35 bags were in plain sight on a television stand and two behind the stand in a bedroom Shippee was found exiting.

Police executed the warrant around 10 a.m., according to McCarthy. At 11 a.m., task force members were still inside the home, on the tree-lined dead-end residential street.

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