Suspects allegedly delivering cocaine to individual in area

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CHARLTON — An area cocaine delivery from New York City led to two suspects fleeing from police at high speeds before crashing on Route 20, and fleeing on foot before being apprehended by law enforcement.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, Trooper Nicholas Latino attempted to stop a dark blue 2015 Honda Accord with a North Carolina registration at 1:18 p.m. on Thursday. The vehicle was reportedly speeding on Route 84 eastbound in Sturbridge, and the driver refused to stop for Trooper Latino. The suspect’s vehicle “fled at excessive speeds while weaving in and out of traffic, at times driving up to approximately 130 mph, as well as up to 80 mph in a construction zone,” State Police recorded.

Trooper Latino observed the Accord take Exit 3A onto Route 20 eastbound. State Police advised police in surrounding towns to be on the lookout for the vehicle. Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Charlton Police located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a stop. The driver again refused to stop and continued to flee until crashing on Route 20 at H. Putnam Road.

After the crash, State Police reported, both occupants of the vehicle, the male driver and female passenger, both from New York City, fled on foot but were quickly apprehended by Charlton Police officers and Troopers Latino, Amy Waterman, Robert Fagundes, and Michael Baroni.

Trooper Kurt D’Angelo from the State Police K-9 Unit and his partner Kody responded to assist. Trooper D’Angelo deployed Kody on a search for evidence along the route that the suspects’ ran after the crash. While working through a backyard, Kody pulled toward a shed and exhibited a change in behavior, sticking his nose through a large piece of rolled up garden edging and into a pile of leaves. He displayed an alert consistent with his training for the detection of narcotics.

Trooper D’Angelo and Trooper Latino looked down into the area where Kody alerted and recovered a large cylindrical package wrapped in tape inside a condom. The package, which was recovered at the location where the female suspect had been apprehended, contained a substance believed to be cocaine, State Police reported. The total weight of the suspected cocaine was approximately 80 grams.

Shantia Crocker-Carter, 23, of New York City, was charged with trafficking in cocaine and disturbing the peace. State Police reported their investigation revealed that she was in possession of the cocaine while in the vehicle and that it was intended for delivery from a source in New York City to a person in central Massachusetts.

Blair Thornton, 25, of New York City, was identified as the driver of the suspect Honda Accord. He was charged with failure to stop for police; speeding; marked lanes violation; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; leaving the scene of a crash that caused property damage; reckless operation of a motor vehicle; breakdown lane violation; disturbing the peace. Thornton reportedly suffered minor injuries when he crashed the Accord and was transported to Harrington Hospital for treatment under police guard. Upon his release he was transported to the State Police Sturbridge Barracks, where he and Crocker-Carter were both booked. A bail clerk ordered each suspect held on $10,040 cash bail. They were expected to be arraigned in Dudley District Court.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Kurt D’Angelo and his K-9 partner Kody searching near the shed in a backyard in Charlton.

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