Percocet pills picked up in State Police pinch of Peabody man

Butler stopped for speeding on I-84 in Sturbridge after midnight

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STURBRIDGE — A Peabody man is facing a number of charges after a midnight traffic stop uncovered approximately 215 grams of Percocet and an illegal knife.

Chaz Butler, 25, was pulled over shortly after midnight on Monday, May 18, according to the Massachusetts State Police, as he was traveling 60 miles per hour in an stretch of I-84 with a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour.

According to a State Police press release, Trooper Tyler Hopkins was approaching Exit 3 eastbound while patrolling I-84 when he observed a dark colored Ford Fusion traveling 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. When the Ford Fusion took Exit 3 for the Massachusetts Turnpike, Hopkins activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop, State Police reported.

During the traffic stop, State Police learned Butler had a suspended driver’s license. According to State Police, a subsequent conversation with Butler “built probable cause to conduct a search.” Trooper Edward Jackson arrived on scene to aid in the search of the Ford Fusion. During that search, State Police reportedly located a large amount of round blue pills believed to be Percocet packaged in various ways. Law enforcement said several boxes were packaged for distribution and ready to be shipped through the mail, as well as a knife that State Police described as “larger than legally permitted.” State Police said the total weight of the uncovered narcotics was approximately 215 grams.

Butler was arrested and charged with trafficking of a Class B substance; conspiracy to violate drug law; operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license; carrying a dangerous weapon; and speeding. A bail amount of $5,040 was set while he awaited arraignment at Dudley District Court, according to State Police.


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