Client a 30 year old man from Shirley, MA was arrested by the state police in West Boylston and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Class B drug.
The client was pulled over on Rt. 190 by state police for some civil motor vehicle infractions. After a lengthy road side detention the trooper made several observations of the client which appeared suspicious to him. The vehicle had out of state plates and the trooper determined that the vehicle was unregistered in MA. The trooper asked and the client wisely declined to allow the trooper to search his vehicle. The trooper then called for a K-9 unit to respond to conduct a sniff of the vehicle.
Due to the low temperature, the high winds and the location of the vehicle the trooper decided to have the vehicle towed to the barracks to conduct the K-9 sniff. The dog did not have a full alert during the k-9 sniff, so it was discontinued. The trooper then attempted to justify a search of the motor vehicle by performing an inventory search. It was during this search that approximately $2,500 in cash and 35 grams of methamphetamine were discovered.
Attorney Damian Riddle filed a motion to suppress the stop and search of the vehicle. After the Commonwealth was not prepared to go forward on the motion on two separate dates Attorney Damian Riddle filed a motion to dismiss the case for lack of prosecution, which the judge allowed.