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Third crack arrest this year for Greenfield woman

GREENFIELD — A local woman on probation for drug convictions is in jail again, charged Thursday with drug crimes for the third time in four months.

Tara N. Shippee, 39, of 1 Bouker St., is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, as a subsequent offense. She pleaded innocent at her arraignment.

The new charge follows the execution of a third search warrant for the residence by Greenfield Police and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force.

Police searched the home at 6:41 a.m. Thursday and recovered three rocks of a substance they believe is crack cocaine, according to the police report and a release from the DA’s office.

Shippee pleaded guilty to earlier felony charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute following the July 2 and May 16 searches, according to the DA’s office, and was on probation for those convictions at the time of her latest arrest.

Greenfield District Court Judge William F. Mazanec III ordered Shippee held at the Franklin County House of Correction in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $150,000 surety, pending her next court date Dec. 16, and held without bail on her alleged probation violation.

The task force allegedly found 37 individually packaged rocks of crack valued at $100 apiece in Shippee’s home in May, and four crack rocks concealed outside a sliding glass door in July.

“We view the criminal activity of repeat offenders as particularly egregious,” Northwestern DA’s Chief Trial Counsel Jeremy Bucci, who is prosecuting the case, said in a release. “We bring to bear the full weight of our prosecutorial efforts when people flaunt the conditional liberty courts have previously granted them.”

The residence has featured in other drug cases.

Police charged four area men with possession of prescription painkillers without a prescription following a visit to 1 Bouker St. in July. Similar charges followed that month after police questioned two men leaving the residence, charging one with possession of a prescription opiate painkiller and the prescription amphetamine Adderall, and the other with distribution of the painkillers.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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