3 facing cocaine charges after Chicopee traffic stop

Jacob Thomas of Granby and Leonard Vann of Holyoke arrested, 3rd suspect summonsed to court

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Jacob Thomas (left) and Leonard Vann (right). Image Courtesy: Chicopee Police Department

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Two men were arrested and a third suspect is also facing cocaine charges following a traffic stop in Chicopee early Friday morning.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that Jacob Thomas, 26, of Granby and Leonard Vann, 30, of Holyoke were both arrested during the stop in Chicopee Center shortly before 5:00 A.M.

Wilk says that an officer pulled Thomas over because the car he was driving had a revoked registration. He says that as the officer approached, he noticed that Thomas was reaching into the glove compartment of the car. When the officer reached Thomas, the suspect pulled his hand out of the glove box, and said that he got his registration- even though his hand was empty.

Wilk says the officer noticed that Thomas had white powder streaks on his nose and upper lip, to which the suspect said it was “a little coke, nothing major.” Police investigated the matter, and arrested Thomas, as well as Vann, who was his front seat passenger. A search of the vehicle turned up several plastic bags of what is believed to be powder cocaine.

Thomas is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Vann is charged with possession of cocaine. A third suspect, who was riding in the back seat of the car at the time of the stop, is also being charged with cocaine possession, but was not arrested, and rather will be summonsed to court.