Violent traffic stop in Auburn leads to drug seizure and arrests

Massachusetts State Police
State Police seized more than 160 grams of what is believed to be cocaine during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

Massachusetts State Police seized more than 160 grams of cocaine Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Auburn that became violent, police said.

State Police Trooper Joseph Flynn pulled over a car near mile marker 3 on Route 290 East after the driver allegedly committed several motor vehicle violations around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Flynn and Trooper Gregory Zanni spoke with the three occupants of the car and asked the passenger sitting in the back to get out of the car after they saw him moving around, State Police said in a statement Friday.

While he was being patted down for weapons, James Evans, 28, of the Bronx, New York, pulled his arms away and turned his body in an attempt to free himself. Flynn quickly took Evans down, bringing himself and Zanni to the ground as well, police said.


Evans continued to struggle with the troopers, as he tried to hide a package of drugs he had in his pants. Zanni sprayed Evans with pepper spray several times, but it did not work, police said.

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Evans grabbed the package of drugs and became more aggressive. The troopers ordered Evans to stop resisting arrest and stunned him with a Taser for five seconds when he did not cooperate, police said.

The troopers took the package of drugs and determined that it was more than 101 grams of cocaine. They also found another 61.3 grams of cocaine in a plastic bag, police said.

Evans and the other two occupants of the car, Carlos Martinez, 42, of the Bronx, and Joy Green, 38, of Dexter, Maine, were taken to Holden Barracks for booking and charged with trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Evans was also charged with resisting arrest and failure to wear a seat belt, police said.

All three were arraigned in Worcester District Court on Thursday, according to a court clerk. They are scheduled to appear again on Monday.

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