GRAFTON, Mass. – A Hyde Park man was charged with heroin trafficking after a traffic stop on the Mass Pike in Grafton, state police said.
Ronnie L. Searcy, 51, was pulled over Thursday afternoon by state police Sgt. Michael Richards for allegedly speeding while traveling east on Route 90, the Mass Pike. Richards said the driver and passenger had conflicting stories regarding their travel plans.
Richards requested the assistance of Trooper Brian Frechette, who is assigned to the state police K-9 section. Frechette's police dog sniffed the outside of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and alerted to the presence of a narcotic odor from the rear passenger door. After an interior search of the Jeep, the dog also alerted to the rear cargo area.
A search of the Jeep uncovered a black bag containing three large plastic-wrapped cylinders, which a field test determined was a total of 3 kilograms of heroin, state police said.
Searcy was taken to the state police barracks in Millbury, where he was booked, charged and held on $340,000 cash bail.