State Police Arrest Three in Auburn for Trafficking Cocaine after Violent Struggle with Troopers

Massachusetts State Police Media Release — 08102018 — State Police Arrest Three in Auburn for Trafficking Cocaine after Violent Struggle with Troopers

On Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m., Trooper Joseph Flynn assigned to State Police Barracks in Holden was on patrol on Route 290 East when he observed the driver of an Acura TSX commit motor vehicle violations. Trooper Flynn stopped the vehicle, with three occupants, at mile marker 3 in Auburn.

Trooper Gregory Zanni assisted Trooper Flynn during the motor stop. The operator was identified as CARLOS MARTINEZ, 42, and the rear passenger as JAMES EVANS, 28, both from Bronx, NY. The front passenger was identified as JOY GREEN, 38 of Dexter, Maine.

As the troopers spoke with the occupants, EVANS was observed moving around in the backseat and was asked to exit the vehicle. Trooper Flynn attempted to pat frisk EVANS for weapons but EVANS began to pull his arms away and turn his body to free himself. Trooper Flynn performed a takedown maneuver bringing EVANS, Trooper Zanni and himself to the ground.

EVANS continued to resist in an apparent attempt to prevent Troopers from removing a package of narcotics he was concealing in his pants. The struggle continued for several moments before Trooper Zanni administered several bursts of OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray, but the spray had no effect on EVANS.

EVANS became more aggressive and continued to pull away from the Troopers with the narcotics now in his hand. Trooper Zanni removed his department issued Taser and after several verbal commands to stop resisting were ignored by the violent suspect, Trooper Zanni deployed – single five second drive stun to EVANS’ back.

Troopers were able to regain control of EVANS and remove the package from his hands. Through their training and experience, the white substance was believed to be cocaine, with a weight over 101 grams.

All three occupants were transported to the Holden Barracks for booking and charged with Trafficking in Cocaine and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.

EVANS was additionally charged with Resisting Arrest and Failure to wear a Seatbelt.

Subsequent investigation by Trooper Flynn revealed another a plastic bag containing cocaine and weighed 61.3 grams believed to previously have been in EVANS’ possession.

The arrested parties were arraigned in Worcester District Court on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the day before the incident, Trooper Flynn attended training with Pro Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE), a program that provides continuing training in drug trafficking interdiction for law enforcement officers.

No further information is available. Please do not call the barracks directly for media inquiries.