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Addiction in Franklin County

Two arrested on crack charges in separate car stops

GREENFIELD — Police arrested a 23-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman on crack charges after two unrelated vehicle stops.

Jesse Stebbins, 23, of 4 Armory St, apartment 8, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of distribution of crack cocaine and illegal possession of Suboxone.

Stebbins was arrested after his driver was pulled over just before midnight Thursday.

Police saw a Honda Civic park at Stebbins’ building, sit for two minutes, and leave, according to an arrest report by officer Jay Butynski. Since the apartment building is a known “high narcotics area,” police ran the license plate and found it did not have a valid inspection sticker, Butynski wrote.

When the vehicle pulled over, Stebbins jumped up and thrust his hands behind him before sitting back down, and Butynski rushed over and pulled him out of the vehicle out of concern for officer safety, he wrote.

When he frisked Stebbins, he found an unlabeled pill bottle that contained eight separate bags of crack as well as one pill of Suboxone, according to the report. Suboxone is a drug used to combat opiate addiction but can be abused by addicts. During booking, Stebbins said he paid $40 for each half-gram bag, but did not reveal his source, wrote Butynski.

The driver told police she was bringing Stebbins to get cigarettes. She was issued traffic citations for having no inspection sticker and not having her registration in possession.

About an hour later, at 1 a.m. Friday, officer Justin Purinton saw a car being driven the wrong way on Main Street before turning onto Wells Street.

The driver put the car in reverse when she pulled over, and parked it after the officer honked his horn, he wrote. The driver got out and said “You caught me, I’m guilty,” and told Purinton she was driving without a license, according to the report. She then consented to a search of the vehicle.

Inside, Purinton found her purse, which contained a crack pipe with residue, he wrote. Due to her driving, her slurred speech and her glassy, bloodshot eyes, she was given sobriety tests, which she failed before being placed under arrest.

Later, a broken Alprazolam pill was also found in her possession, according to the report. The pill is a tranquilizer sold under the brand name Xanax.

Lisa J. Marini, 41, of 139 Conway St., pleaded innocent to charges of operating under the influence of liquor as a third offense, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a Class E substance, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, and a marked lanes violation.

Police also found that Marini was the subject of a warrant for violating probation on two 2013 prostitution cases out of Springfield, in which she had been found guilty.

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