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WPD Operation Officers on Routine Traffic Stop Make Crack Cocaine Arrest

Worcester, MA (October 27, 2017) - On Friday, October 27, 2017, two Worcester police officers working out of the Operations Division were on routine patrol in the Water Street area. At approximately 1:06 AM, the officers were stopped at a red light on Water Street. At this time the officers observed a Lexus turn right on the red light from the middle travel lane. Upon seeing this infraction the officers activated their emergency lights and stopped the vehicle in the area of 63 Grafton Street.

Officers approaching the vehicle observed two males inside making furtive movements. The behavior of the two occupants caused the officers to be concerned for their safety. Officers arrived at the vehicle and immediately noticed a razor blade located on the dashboard. At this time the officers asked the two men to exit the vehicle.

Both men were searched for weapons which provided negative results. The officers then searched inside the vehicle by the immediate reachable areas of the passenger and driver seats. The unlocked glove box was opened and the officers discovered a small scale which is typically used in the drug trade. A further search of the glove box yielded a sock that contained a hard object inside. The officer looked into the sock and observed a clear plastic baggie that contained crack cocaine. Using the recovered scale, the officers weighed the crack cocaine and it was determined to be approximately 13 grams.

After the discovery of the crack cocaine, officers spoke with the two men. Based on their conversations, one male was placed under arrest. The officers arrested Torrance Shannon, Jr., 29-years-old of 12 Ludlow Street, Worcester, and charged him with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of Class B Substance.

Mr. Shannon was arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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