STURBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) – The report of suspicious activity near an Econo Lodge in Sturbridge led to a drug arrest Friday on Route 20.
According to Sturbridge Police Chief Thomas Ford III, Officer Sean Paine was on patrol Friday when a Good Samaritan alerted him of several people acting suspicious behind the Econo Lodge.
When Officer Paine arrived, the suspected vehicle was leaving and started heading east on Route 20, Chief Ford said. Officer Paine ran a check on the license plate, which showed that the owner of the vehicle, 42-year-old Julie Demeritt of North Oxford, had an active warrant for her arrest.
Officer Paine, with the assistance of Lt. Earl Dessert and Sgt. Kevin Mercier, conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Rt. 20 and Rt. 131. Chief Ford said four people were in the vehicle, including Demeritt who was driving. She was immediately placed under arrest.
Chief Ford said the other three in the vehicle, all men, were asked to exit so the vehicle could be towed. Then, one of the men, 27-year-old Myles Vincent of Worcester, asked Lt. Dessert if he could have his food he left in the back.
Lt. Dessert grabbed the small bag of groceries, but Vincent also wanted his potato chips. As Lt. Dessert went to grab the bag of Wachusett Sour Cream and Onion Potato chips, he noticed the bag didn’t have a “manufacturer” seal.
Chief Ford said Lt. Dessert opened the bag of chips and found 19 bags of heroin, 8 Suboxone pills, packaging material for the sale and distribution of heroin, and some chips. Vincent was arrested for Possession of Class “A” (heroin) with Intent to Distribute, and Drug Possession of Class “A” with Intent to Distribute within 300 feet of a School Zone.
Both Demeritt and Vincent were taken to the Sturbridge Police Department for booking and will be held pending the bail process.