Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Two New York Men for Trafficking Cocaine

Just before 3:00 a.m. this morning, Trooper Martin Cunniff stopped a 2012 Honda Civic for speeding and making unsafe lane changes on Route 84 Eastbound in Sturbridge.  The trooper determined that the operator, JUAN CRUCETA, 32 from Bronx, NY was unlicensed and his passenger, CHRISTOPHER HAMMOND, 30 also from Bronx, NY, only possessed a learner’s permit.  Both men exhibited nervous behavior and had trouble recalling basic details about their travel plans.

With assistance from Trooper Michael Barrera and consent to conduct a search, the troopers subsequently located $4,000.00 cash on CRUCETA and two large packages containing a combined weight of more than 1 kilogram of a substance believed to be cocaine in the trunk of the vehicle.

CRUCETA and HAMMOND were booked at State Police Barracks in Sturbridge.  Both men were charged with the following offenses:

  1. Tracking in Cocaine over 200 Grams;
  2. Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws;

CRUCETA was additionally charged with:

  1. Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
  2. Speeding; and
  3. Marked Lanes Violation.

Both men were held pending their arraignment in Dudley District Court this morning.