Massachusetts State Police Release – 05172016 – Trooper Dragged, Three Men Arrested Trafficking Heroin
Last evening at approximately 10:05 p.m., Trooper Theodore Tudryn of the Troop B Community Action Team (CAT) stopped a 2006 Mazda 6 after observing its operator commit motor vehicle violations on I-91 Northbound and I-291 Eastbound. When signaled to stop as he exited I-291, the vehicle’s operator continued until stopping on Dwight Street in Springfield.
As Trooper Tudryn approached the vehicle, Springfield Police Officer Dan Cintron stopped to offer assistance if needed. Trooper Tudryn spoke to the driver, later identified as JUSTIN R. MORGAN, 24, of Newport, Vt., and asked for his driver’s license. While speaking with the occupants, Trooper Tudryn observed a small bag of crack cocaine.
Trooper Tudryn opened the driver’s door and ordered Morgan out of the vehicle as he placed one handcuff on him. MORGAN refused to comply, pulled away, put the car in drive and began to drive forward, dragging Trooper Tudryn alongside the vehicle. With his body half in the vehicle, fighting for control of the driver and vehicle, Trooper Tudryn was able to get the vehicle into park, but then MORGAN immediately pulled it back into drive and began forward again. Fearing he would roll out of the vehicle and be run over, Trooper Tudryn moved himself completely inside the vehicle, still fighting for control. At this point, Officer Cintron was alongside the passenger side also ordering MORGAN to stop. After approximately 300 feet, Trooper Tudryn and Officer Cintron were able to take control of the vehicle and get it stopped, as Officer Cintron pulled MORGAN through the passenger side door onto the pavement.
The passengers were subsequently identified as JOSEPH A. PEETS, 30, of Morrisville Vermont, and ROBERT G. FITZGERALD, 26, of Eden Vermont. All three men were subsequently found to be in possession of approximately 800 bags of heroin.
All three were placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Springfield Barracks for booking.
JUSTIN R. MORGAN was charged with the following:
- Heroin/Morphine/Opium, Trafficking in (approximately 20 grams);
2. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
3. Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon (motor vehicle);
4. Assault and Battery on a Police Officer;
5. Resisting Arrest;
6. Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
7. Identify Self, Motor Vehicle Operator Refuse to;
8. Marked Lanes Violation; and
9. Number Plate Violation.Passengers ROBERT G. FITZGERALD and JOSEPH A. PEETS were both charged with the following:
1. Heroin/Morphine/Opium, Trafficking in (approximately 20 grams);
2. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law.
MORGAN was held on $50,000 bail, and FITZGERALD and PEETS were each held on $25,000 bail, pending arraignment this morning in Springfield District Court.
No further information is currently available. Please do not call the barracks directly.