Police arrested two men and two women in Framingham according to the Metrowest Daily News, on Tuesday August 7th, following a stakeout of a suspected drug house . Police were observing an apartment located at 2 Coburn St. in Framingham after suspecting its resident Daniel Hall of selling heroin out of his home.
While watching the apartment, police saw a woman exit the residence and get into a brown Toyota Camry. She then picked up a man nearby; upon pulling her vehicle over, police allegedly observed hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in one of the vehicle's seats. The police asked the driver, Kelly Shay of 198 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, out of the car. Police allege that upon searching Shay, they found a bag of heroin hidden in her shirt. Police charged Shay with possession of heroin. Her passenger, James Rouse of 21 South Road, Sturbridge was taken to the police station with Shay. Rouse allegedly told police that he and Shay had gone to Hall's apartment to purchase heroin.
Police allege that they then returned to Coburn Street. Police state that they then found and arrested Hall. According to Police, they then searched his apartment and found what they believe to be heroin, cocaine, suboxone and hallucinogenic mushrooms, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Hall, 28, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of suboxone, and possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Hall's charges of possession with intent to distribute have been charged as subsequent offenses, meaning that Hall has been previously convicted of these same charges. A charge of possession with intent to distribute a class b substance subsequent offense carries a mandatory minimum penalty of three years imprisonment with no possibility of probation instead of jail. According to police, Hall's girlfriend Ashley Whitelaw, 20, of 108 Howe St. Apt. 2, was also at Hall's apartment when police arrived to search it. She has been charged with being present where heroin is stored.
Framingham District Court Judge Paul Yee set Hall's bail at $50,000. However, his bail was revoked due to an open superior court drug distribution case, as well as an open case in Framingham District Court in which he was charged with possession of heroin, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest. Shay's bail was set at $500, and Rouse's bail was set at $250; Whitehall was released on personal recognizance.
In this instance, the stakes are highest for Hall, who is facing multiple charges of possession of drugs, as well as charges of possession with intent to distribute those drugs, subsequent offenses. He also has other open drug distribution and violent crimes cases. Hall is facing both misdemeanor and felony charges in multiple courts. Additionally, because police were staking out his home prior to his arrest, they most likely had evidence of his alleged drug distribution prior to his arrest. Hall is facing mandatory jail time if convicted of his charges. Someone facing such serious penalties needs an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can handle serious drug charges.
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