Trooper Arrests Man Trafficking Cocaine

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday Trooper Devon Arnold, assigned to State Police-Norwell, was on patrol in Plymouth when he observed a blue Honda Civic, with an expired inspection decal, exiting Algonquin Terrace onto Samoset Street. Trooper Arnold followed the Honda until they reached a parking lot, out of the way of moving traffic, then activated his cruiser’s blue lights and initiated a motor vehicle stop.

Once the Honda came to a full stop Trooper Arnold approached the driver’s side window and confronted the operator, later identified as CHARLES THOMPSON, 59, of Kingston. After informing THOMPSON why he was stopped, the Trooper discovered his license was suspended. THOMPSON was removed from the vehicle for further investigation, at which point Trooper Eric Savard arrived to assist.

After additional investigation on scene Trooper Arnold determined he had probable cause to search the vehicle and quickly located a plastic bag containing a substance believed to be cocaine. THOMPSON was immediately placed under arrest and Trooper Arnold requested K-9 assistance while he continued a search of the vehicle. Trooper Steven Culver responded along with K-9 Flash.

During a sniff of the vehicle Flash located two additional bags containing a large amount of a substance also suspected to be cocaine. The combined weight of the suspected cocaine was 138 grams. 

THOMPSON was transported to State Police-Norwell where he was booked. A bail commissioner was contacted and ordered THOMPSON to be held without bail. THOMPSON is expected to be arraigned at Plymouth District Court for the following offenses:

  1. Trafficking in Cocaine;
  2. Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute;
  3. Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Subsequent Offense; and
  4. Operating a Motor Vehicle with Expired Inspection.

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