Fugitive, cocaine, weapons found in highway stop
DEERFIELD — State police arrested an out-of-state man and woman on drug charges and other offenses after an Interstate 91 traffic stop.
Kevin Rose, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in cocaine, being a fugitive from justice, conspiracy to violate drug laws, driving without a license and traffic violations Friday in Greenfield district court. Rose was held on $50,000 cash bail.
Casey Guyette, 29, of White River Junction, Vt., pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a stun gun, possession of mace without an FID card, conspiracy to violate drug laws and using a motor vehicle without authority Friday in Greenfield district court. She was held on $5,000 cash bail.
The two were arrested after their rental car was stopped on the interstate headed back to Vermont.
Trooper Michael McNally was patrolling the interstate at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, when he saw a Chevrolet Cruze with Missouri plates tailgating another vehicle before passing it and pulling in front of it closely, he wrote in his arrest report.
McNally approached the passenger’s side, and noticed that both occupants were sweating profusely and breathing heavily, he wrote. Guyette gave McNally the vehicle’s rental form, made out to her, and he noticed that it had expired on Wednesday, he wrote.
Guyette told McNally they were coming back from Brooklyn, where they had been visiting Rose’s mother, though she could not provide a more detailed description than “she’s a black lady,” the trooper wrote. Rose told the trooper Guyette had never met his mother, and the discrepancy in their stories added to McNally’s suspicion, he wrote.
When he ran Rose’s name through dispatch, McNally found that he was wanted on an extraditable warrant from New Jersey for crimes against the person, and that he had previous firearms convictions, according to the report.
Because he smelled burned marijuana when speaking with the pair, McNally asked Guyette if there was any of the drug in the vehicle, and she denied it, McNally wrote.
She told him she had a stun gun in her purse, and when McNally searched it, he also found pepper spray, for which Guyette did not have the FID required to carry it, he wrote.
Guyette submitted to a strip search at the county jail, and sheriff’s deputies discovered a “large bag” of cocaine in a body cavity and two bags of marijuana, according to the report.
Guyette also had $586 on her, and prosecutors are seeking forfeiture of the cash, on the belief that it was used in drug transactions, according to court documents.
The exact amount of the drugs was not listed, but state law allows for a trafficking charge to be brought if more than 18 grams of cocaine are found.
Guyette is set to return to court Monday for a bail review hearing. Rose is scheduled to return June 2 for a bind-over hearing.
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