Two-car crash closes Route 6 eastbound at Exit 4 in Sandwich
SANDWICH - Route 6 eastbound at Exit 4 in Sandwich was closed after a two-vehicle crash at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. There were reports of injuries considered serious, but not life-threatening. Photo by David G. Curran.
Police evacuate Arbeta Road in Hyannis Friday afternoon
HYANNIS - Police evacuated a portion of Arbeta Road in Hyannis Friday afternoon around 3:20 p.m. following a gas main break. The break occurred at a residence on Arbeta Road. National Grid workers were able to shut off the leak shortly after arriving at the scene. Photo by David G. Curran.
Barnstable police seize $99,500 from safe found in Harwich house
Ties cash to alleged drug dealer Jimmy Smith
BARNSTABLE - Barnstable Police have recovered a safe with $99,500 belonging to Jimmy Smith, 28, of Cape Cod and Dorchester, who police have identified as a longtime major drug dealer on the Cape.
Police arrested Smith on October 13 on Mitchell's Way in Hyannis. Inside his Mercedes Benz CLS 500, they said, they found about 40 grams of heroin and 17 grams of cocaine.
After charging Smith with trafficking heroin and cocaine, among other charges, Barnstable Police executed a search warrant the following day at his residence at 5 Shagbark Road in Sandwich.
Police said they found $264,710 in cash; heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and ecstasy with an estimated street value of more than $400,000; instruments such as a scale used in measuring and preparation of drugs for sale; and two 12-gauge shotguns, a 9-millimeter machine pistol, and a .45 caliber pistol.
After Smith was arraigned that day in Barnstable District Court, bail for his release was set at $100,000 cash. Two associates left the courthouse and drove to the Shagbark Road house with the apparent intention of getting cash for Smith's bail, but were arrested on their arrival.
As part of the search of the Shagbark Road house, police found keys to a safe. They subsequently followed an associate of Smith who was carrying safe keys to a house in Harwich, where police executed a search warrant and seized a safe.
The police brought the safe back to the Barnstable Police Station and opened it, finding a total of $99,500.
Smith has been held in the Barnstable House of Correction for his failure to pay bail on charges stemming from his October 13th arrest.
The Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney have been conferring on how to charge Smith concerning the drugs, guns and money allegedly found at the Shagbark Road address.
Smith, who grew up in Hyannis, was convicted with manslaughter after hitting a victim over the head with a Big Wheel toy tricycle, an assault that led to the victim's death. Police say Smith has been a major drug dealer on the Cape for the past decade.
19-year-old charged with heroin trafficking
ORLEANS - A 19-year-old student at Cape Cod Community College is charged with trafficking heroin.
A Brewster man was arrested Thursday and charged with trafficking heroin after police say they found approximately $15,000 worth of the drug in his vehicle.
John K. Hurst, 19, was pulled over around 12:25 a.m. for an expired inspection sticker, said Detective Kevin Higgins of the Orleans Police Department.
After suspicions arose and a search was conducted, police said they found 426 bags of heroin, cash, and hypodermic needles. Hurst pleaded not guilty in Orleans District Court Thursday.
This was the second motor vehicle stop in three weeks that resulted in a seizure of a large amount of heroin and cash in Orleans, police said.