Smell of "raw" marijuana leads to discovery of drugs, two arrested
HYANNIS - A Barnstable man faces marijuana distribution charges after his arrest Tuesday evening. According to a Barnstable police release, while on plain clothes patrol around 5:4o p.m., Barnstable Police Officer Scott Wright and Deputy Sheriff Michael Huse, both members of the Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU), pulled over the driver of a blue Dodge Durango after he failed to stop at the traffic light at the intersection of North Street and Bassett Lane.
As the officers approached the driver, Nicholas R. Spinelli, 22, of Osterville, they smelled the strong odor of "raw" marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, according to police. Spinelli's passenger was identified as Sean M. McEachern, 29, of Barnstable. While conducting a follow up investigation, Wright and Huse found $814 in cash and several grams of marijuana on McEachern's person. The officers searched a backpack belonging to McEachern and found several containers of marijuana, plastic bags and an additional $4,000 in cash. From the backpack, the officers seized approximately three ounces of high grade marijuana, police said. McEachern told Wright and Huse that he had worked in a legal medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, however, the origins of the seized marijuana could not be determined.
Both men were arrested and transported to the Barnstable Police Station where they were processed and charged with conspiracy to violate narcotics laws. McEachern was also charged with posession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. The pair were arraigned in Barnstable District Court Wednesday morning.