Greenfield pair busted in drug and gun case

  • Steven Hall Greenfield Police—Greenfield Police

  • Lauren Donovan Greenfield Police—Greenfield Police

Staff Writer
Published: 8/21/2018 12:12:57 PM

GREENFIELD — Two Greenfield residents face up to 13 years in prison if convicted on charges of intent to distribute heroin and illegal possession of a firearm.

The arrest resulted from an investigation by the Northeast District Attorney’s Office-led Anti-Crime Task Force.

Steven Hall, 28, was returning to his Greenfield home on his bike Monday morning after leaving his child at the YMCA when police apprehended him. He tried to pedal away when he saw police officers headed for him, but was chased down and struck with a police car, leaving a bruise on his face from the fall.

Police say they searched his home and found about 13,000 bags of suspected heroin, estimated to be worth $65,000; $80,000 in cash; and a loaded Glock 30S large-capacity, semi-automatic handgun. Hall had been wearing a key around his neck, which opened a locked closet where the majority of the heroin was found.

Lauren Donovan, 20, was not present at the time of the search, but lives with Hall. She was arrested later.

“This was a very substantial seizure of heroin in Franklin County,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Bucci. “We are proud of the work of the Task Force in this case, and always prioritize prosecution of those who unlawfully possess deadly weapons.”

Both Hall and Donovan are represented by court-appointed lawyers during their arraignments in Greenfield District Court Tuesday afternoon. They pleaded innocent.

A bail of $250,000 for Hall was requested by Assistant Attorney General Joseph Webber, but it was ultimately set at $100,000 after Hall’s attorney, Dave Simanski, said that Hall has only a ninth-grade education and “absolutely no money.”

Hall’s whole family lives in the Greenfield area, Simanski said, and they would not be able to raise $200,000.

“He has nowhere to go,” Simanski said.

Donovan’s bail was set at $20,000. Her attorney, Barry Auskern, said that there was no indication that she knew about the gun or that she would have had access to the closet, and that her connection to the case was “minimal, at best.”

Auskern said that he had spoken to Donovan’s mother, who said she could come up with $1,500 for the bail bond.


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