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Addiction in Franklin County

Greenfield man faces heroin charges

GREENFIELD — A local man arrested with heroin and a 16-year-old girl in his car after he fled a traffic detail was arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court.

Patrick A. Richmond, 24, of 3 Oak St., faces charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, failure to stop for police, two counts of failure to stop or yield for a sign and speeding.

Judge William F. Mazanec III appointed an attorney for Richmond, whose occupation is listed as unemployed, and entered a plea of innocent on his behalf.

According to reports filed by Jay Butynski and Cody Guilbault of the Greenfield Police Department, the two arrested Richmond after a he fled from a traffic patrol on Wells Street at 2:36 a.m. Saturday, prompting police to chase him to his Oak Street address after he accelerated through a stop sign.

On Oak Street, Butynski wrote Richmond left his car and was ordered back in, revealing a plastic bag of what appeared to be heroin in the car door pocket. The 35 bags were stamped with a blue 007 logo.

Butynski recognized the sole passenger as a 16-year-old Greenfield resident he knew to be a recovering heroin user, a self-proclaimed heroin addict since the age of 14, Guilbault wrote. The passenger told police she had bought a single bag of heroin from Richmond for a friend earlier that day and had been clean since a relapse last week.

Guilbault spoke with Richmond after handcuffing him, and wrote that he was forthcoming and enthusiastic when speaking about buying and selling drugs.

“Richmond stated the substance in the door was heroin, which he purchased in Holyoke for $4 a bag and sells here for $10 a bag. Richmond stated he hasn’t been selling it for long but doesn’t use it at all,” Guilbault wrote.

The passenger will be summoned to juvenile court to face a charge of being present where heroin is kept.

Mazanec ordered Richmond released on personal recognizance with the conditions that he remain drug and alcohol free and submit to testing, and participate in the Hoist Program. He is due back in court May 13.

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

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