Suspect told Greenfield Police: “I just started dealing”

Phillip Johnson was the passenger of a speeding car

Phillip Johnson (Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department)
Phillip Johnson (Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a routine traffic stop in Greenfield, Monday afternoon, police arrested a man and charged him on multiple drug violations.

According to the Greenfield Police Facebook page, around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Officer Felix Ramos and Officer Patrick Buchanan pulled over a car that was speeding near a construction area on Leyden Road, north of Murphy Park.

Two people were in the car; a female driver and male passenger, 26-year-old Phillip Johnson of New Canaan, Conn. Police said that when the officers went up to the car, the driver told them she was speeding because she “didn’t know that the police would be there.”

Officer Ramos reported seeing a cell phone covering the speedometer and a movie was playing on the cell phone. Johnson was not using his seat belt, so the officers asked for his ID.

As Johnson looked through a backpack for his ID, Officer Ramos noticed several bottles of medication, a scale, many small ziplock baggies, and paper consistent with heroin packaging. Police said after a brief investigation, the officers found cash, four suboxone strips, lorazepam, diazepam and six “bundles” of what the Officer Ramos believes to be heroin.

Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department
Photo Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department

Johnson told the officers, “I just started dealing.” He was arrested for drug possession. Police said when they arrived at the station, the officers found that the six “bundles” had a total of 28 bags of what is believed to be heroin.

Police said the driver didn’t know about the heroin in Johnson’s backpack and was issued a citation for multiple motor vehicle charges.

Phillip Johnson charged with Possession of a Class “A” Drug, Class “B” Drug and a Class “C” Drug all with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $100.

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