Vehicle’s missing inspection sticker caught eye of patrolman, led to investigation
WEBSTER — Two Worcester men and a Southbridge woman were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after their vehicle was stopped due to a missing inspection sticker.
According to a press release issued by the Webster Police Department, the lack of an inspection sticker on a vehicle passing by a patrolman led to what appeared to be evasive driving behavior, and ultimately the drug arrest of Mark Desourdy, Elexis Jutras, and Trent Nicholopoulos.
The inspection sticker-less vehicle driven by Jutras, 26, of Southbridge, passed by a Webster police cruiser. Officer Kaitlyn DiBuono pulled behind the vehicle to confirm the lack of an inspection sticker while checking the vehicle’s information through the police department’s mobile data terminal. With a police cruiser trailing behind, Jutras’s vehicle reportedly “began taking several abrupt turns down various side streets, as if it was trying to evade being stopped by Officer DiBuono.” A motor vehicle stop was initiated, with the vehicle stopping “just over the town line in Dudley.” Officer Patrick Trainor of the Webster Police Department, and detective James Annesse of the Dudley Police Department responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Police reported that none of the three individuals, each of whom was identified by authorities, in the vehicle were wearing seat belts. Upon being asked to step out of the vehicle, police reportedly observed “drug packaging” where Nicholopoulos, 31, of Worcester, had been seated. The discovery led to all of the vehicle’s occupants being asked to exit the vehicle while a narcotics detection canine was requested.
Officer Thomas Stockwell of the Uxbridge Police Department responded with his canine partner Bear. The canine officer indicated the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle, prompting a police search of the interior of the vehicle. Police affirmed they uncovered numerous shopping bags, one of which was carrying a shoe box found to be housing a digital scale with white residue on it. Law enforcement officials believe the residue to be from crack cocaine. The shoe box also reportedly contained “a golf ball sized piece of what is believed to be crack cocaine.”
Police also searched a small backpack, which contained “a large amount of cash, along with two small packets of what was believed to be heroin.” A second large bundle of cash was also found in the backpack.
In all, police reportedly seized 4.5 grams of crack, 3 grams of heroin, and $3,670 in cash, as it was believed to be proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics.
Desourdy, 42, of Worcester, was charged with possession of a Class A substance (subsequent offense); possession of a Class A substance with the intent to distribute; possession of a Class B substance; possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute; conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law.
Nicholopoulos was charged with possession of a Class A substance; possession of a Class A substance with the intent to distribute; possession of a Class B substance (subsequent offense); possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute; conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law.
Jutras was charged with possession of a Class A substance; possession of a Class A substance with the intent to distribute; possession of a Class B substance; possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute; conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law.
Desourdy and Nicholopoulos are currently out on bail for previous, separate, drug trafficking offenses.
Nicholopoulos was held on $50,040 cash bail. Desourdy was held on $25,040 cash bail, and Jutras was held on $1,040 cash bail. All three were arraigned in Dudley District Court on Thursday morning.
Nicholopoulos had previously been arrested in Southbridge for his alleged role in a bank robbery at an area supermarket. He has been arrested by area law enforcement agencies several times before, including charges of assault to commit a felony, unarmed robbery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2013; with the robbery of a diamond engagement ring from a couple at a fast food restaurant in 2012; and with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the drug law, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and committing a drug violation near a school in 2009. His father, David Nicholopoulos, is a retired officer from the Webster Police Department who has since been arrested multiple times as well, including instances in which father and son were arrested together.
Desourdy had been arrested on drug charges in Webster last month, an arrest that occurred after an invalid inspection sticker was spotted by local police. He also has a number of priors, including a February 2020 arrest by Webster Police for operating under the influence of drugs; not being in possession of a license; a lights violation; and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. In October 2018, he was arrested after a traffic stop on West Main Street in Dudley for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration; uninsured motor vehicle; and possession of a Class A substance. In October 2013, he was in Worcester Central District Court facing charges of driving with a suspended license (subsequent offense), and placed on probation; and was arrested by Webster Police on a warrant in November 2010.