SPD: Suspect with tracking bracelet tried to hide drugs in his mouth

David Faust and Craig O. Jones arrested after surveillance operation

David Faust (left) and Craig Jones (right) are seen here in their Springfield police booking photos. Image courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield police spokesperson says that a suspect began putting marijuana, Oxycontin, and cocaine in his mouth “like he was snacking on popcorn” when he saw police approaching the car he was in Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that David Faust, 26, and Craig O. Jones, 25, both of Springfield, were arrested after police set up surveillance at Mattoon and Chestnut Streets. Delaney says that narcotics detectives received information that Faust and Jones were going to be making a drug delivery at that corner around 2:00 P.M.

Delaney says that police showed up, and saw Faust and Jones arrive in a black Lexus right on time.  Farther up Chestnut Street, at the Corner of Harriet Street, police stopped the car, which was being driven by Jones.

It was then that Delaney says Faust began shoving the drugs into his mouth, but he was unable to get rid of the evidence in time. The two were arrested, and officers discovered that Faust was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet, indicating he either was or is still on federal probation.

Faust and Jones are being charged with possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. They were scheduled for arraignment Friday in Springfield District Court.

“First of all, thank you for your continued brave and dedicated efforts to get these negative individuals off out streets. Also, I am continuing to see an unwelcome trend;  our men and women in blue are arresting and bringing in these individuals – yet our courts and judges keep letting them out to victimize our Springfield residents again. This has to stop!” – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

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