Just after midnight on May 18 Trooper Tyler Hopkins, assigned to State Police Sturbridge, was patrolling Route 84 in Sturbridge. As he approached Exit 3 traveling Eastbound he observed a dark colored Ford Fusion traveling 60 miles per hour where the posted speed limit is 50 mph. As the vehicle took Exit 3 and entered I-90 Trooper Hopkins activated his emergency lights and initiated a motor vehicle stop.
Once the vehicle stopped Trooper Hopkins approached it and identified the operator as Chaz BUTLER, 25, of Peabody, and informed him why he was stopped. After gathering his license and registration Trooper Hopkins returned to his cruiser to conduct an RMV inquiry, the results of which revealed BUTLER had a suspended driver’s license.
Trooper Hopkins returned to the vehicle and, after lengthy conversation, built probable cause to conduct a search. Trooper Edward Jackman then arrived on scene to assist. During the search troopers located a large amount of round blue pills believed to be Percocet packaged in various ways. Several boxes packaged for US Mail were located ready to ship containing a large amount of the pills as well. The total amount of narcotics weighed approximately 215 grams. Also located was a knife larger than legally permitted.
BUTLER was placed under arrest and transported to SP Sturbridge where he was booked. A bail commissioner was contacted and placed a bail amount of $5040.00 on BUTLER. He is expected to be arraigned at Dudley District Court on the following charges:
- Trafficking a Class B Substance;
- Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
- Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License;
- Carrying a Dangerous Weapon; and