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Amherst police arrest four, including two on drug charges

AMHERST — Four people were arrested in downtown Amherst Wednesday afternoon, two during responses to disturbances at the northern end of the commercial area and two who were found in possession of drugs near the Town Common.

Detective Jamie Reardon said the incidents started around 4 p.m., when police got a report of about 10 men loitering in an area between the Amherst Carriage Shops and the parking lot that serves businesses, including Cousins Market, The Mercantile and The Pub. Another man was allegedly riding a moped through this lot in an erratic manner, but he was not immediately found.

Police arrested Jayson Renard Stinson, 30, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Unit B, Belchertown, was arrested on a warrant for skipping jury duty, Reardon said.

As an unmarked cruiser was traveling along North Pleasant Street and responding to the scene, it was cut off by a man driving a bright pink moped that was turning from Cowles Lane.

Cuong T. Ly, 26, of 43 Hadley Road, Unit 93, Sunderland, was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a moped without a helmet, Reardon said.

During these arrests, friends of the two men repeatedly yelled at responding officers, Reardon said,

Reardon said police have been called numerous times to the parking lots near the Carriage Shops and Cousins Market, where businesses are complaining of people loitering, fighting and possibly consuming alcohol in public.

“It’s an area drawing a lot of calls for service,” Reardon said. “It’s an area that will be more heavily patrolled.”

Meanwhile, at 4:30 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot, two Belchertown men were arrested on a series of drug charges.

Brandon Langan, 18, of 15 Jason’s Way, and Joshua Sampson, 19, of 90 Alden Road, were both arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute Class B and E substances and possession and cultivation of a Class D drug, marijuana, Reardon said.

Sampson also was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a Class C drug, Reardon said.

The Class B, C and E drugs are still being evaluated to determine what they are, Reardon said.

Reardon said no additional details will be released about the drug arrests, including what prompted the police response.

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