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Police nab two leaving past drug house

GREENFIELD — Two men face drug charges after they were found leaving a local house with past drug issues.

Anthony Kulesa, 35, of 392 Silver St., Greenfield, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possession of a Class B drug, and possession of a class E drug.

He admitted to sufficient facts for conviction on both charges, was fined $250, and released.

He was arrested Monday night, after he and an acquaintance were seen leaving a house that has been at the center of several drug arrests since May.

Justin Shaida, 24, will be summoned to court on a single charge of distribution of a Class E substance.

Police had responded to a report of suspicious activity at 1 Bouker St. at about 6:55 p.m. Monday. The caller reported that a late-model Toyota with New Hampshire plates had been in the driveway of the house, and four or five people were going from the car to the house with bags, according to a police report filed by Officer Chad Sumner.

As Sumner responded with officer Scott West, they saw two men walking away from the house, one of whom was known to police, reads the report.

When the officers asked where the two were coming from, Kulesa told them he and his friend had just brought homeowner Tara Nicole Shippee home from jail, according to the report.

Shippee was arrested in her residence and charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute twice this year, on May 16 and July 2. She has pleaded innocent to charges in both incidents.

Four men received drug charges after leaving the same residence and allegedly being found in possession of a variety of prescription painkillers on July 21.

Sumner informed Kulesa of the house’s drug history, and asked him if he had anything on him the officer may want to know about, wrote Sumner.

The man then quickly put his hands in his pockets, prompting Sumner to frisk him out of concern for officer safety, he wrote.

West indicated a bulge in Kulesa’s watch pocket, and pulled out a small plastic bag containing three pills, wrote Sumner.

Two of the pills were the painkiller Tylox, containing the semi-synthetic opiate oxycodone, a main ingredient in Percocet and other painkillers, Sumner wrote, and the other was Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit disorder.

Kulesa insisted that the pills were not his, that he was holding them for the man with whom he was walking, wrote Sumner.

Kulesa’s companion told Sumner that he had been given the painkillers in return for using his ID to fill a prescription for someone who did not have a valid ID, wrote Sumner. He then told the officer that he did not want the pills, and gave them to Kulesa, according to the report.

This resulted in the charge of distribution of a Class E substance.

Kulesa is set to return to court Sept. 30, for a review of payments.

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