September 20, 2018 – Yesterday morning, a man was arrested for trafficking in fentanyl following a motor vehicle stop on Route 495 in Merrimac.

At about 2:40 A.M., Trooper Michael Gerniglia observed a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta traveling on Route 495 Northbound with a plate light out. Trooper Gerniglia pulled the vehicle over and determined that the operator, JAMES WHITMYER, 51, of Merrimac, had an outstanding warrant for possession of fentanyl.

WHITMYER was placed under arrest and, during a search of his person, Trooper Gerniglia located more than $1,900 in cash in his pocket. Additionally, during an inventory of his motor vehicle, the trooper located more than 20 grams of a substance believed to be fentanyl and three pills believed to be Oxycodone.

WHITMYER was booked at the State Police barracks in Newbury for trafficking in fentanyl, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, and possession of a Class B substance. He was additionally cited for a plate light violation. He was held without bail pending his arraignment in Newbury District Court.