[UPDATE/BARNSTABLE PD MEDIA STATEMENT]
On Thursday January 14th 2021 at approximately 12:14 a.m., Barnstable Police Officer John Gardiner was on patrol in Hyannis.
At this time, he observed a black Hyundai Sedan with a defective headlight travel by him on Iyannough Rd. (Route 28) in Hyannis. Officer Gardiner then conducted a motor vehicle stop near 25 Iyannough Rd. in Hyannis. During the stop, Officer Gardiner located a spring loaded knife on the operator, 24 year old Hyannis resident Connor Gustowski. Upon further investigation, Gardiner discovered evidence of drug possession and distribution involving Gustowski, and his two female passengers, 41 year old West Yarmouth resident Lesley Townsend, and 29 year old Hyannis resident Olivia Ryan.
Officer Gardiner seized 2 hypodermic syringes containing liquid heroin from Ms. Ryan’s purse, and approximately 2 grams of crack cocaine from Ms. Townsend. Officer David Valiga assisted Gardiner with the search of the motor vehicle and discovered approximately 48 grams of Fentanyl hidden in the trunk of the black Hyundai.
All three individuals were then arrested and transported to the Barnstable Police Department. While in booking at the police station, Gustowski was also found to be in possession of approximately 5 grams of cocaine.
Connor Gustowski was charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl/Heroin over 36 grams, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (spring loaded knife), Possession to Distribute Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. His bail was set at $10,000 on this date in Barnstable District Court and had not been posted at the time of this press release.
Lesley Townsend was charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl/Heroin over 36 grams, Possession of a Class B Substance (crack cocaine) Subsequent Offense, and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. Her bail was set at $2000 on this date in Barnstable District Court and she was held on a prior probation matter as a result of the new drug charges.
Olivia Ryan was charged with Trafficking in Fentanyl/Heroin over 36 grams, Possession of a Class A Substance (heroin) and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. Her bail was set at $750 on this date in Barnstable District Court and had not been posted at the time of this press release.
(Press release furnished by Lieutenant Mark Mellyn of the Barnstable Police Department)
INITIAL HN REPORT:
DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT: Three arrested after routine early morning traffic stop turns into dangerous drug trafficking caper… [HN VIDEO]
HYANNIS – [DEVELOPING] – Shortly prior to 1:00 a.m. this morning, a Barnstable Police Patrolman was on routine patrol on Hytown’s east side when he stopped a black sedan after it made some kind of alleged traffic violation while traveling along Route 28 near the Yarmouth town line, according to police sources.
The sedan was occupied by three individuals, a male and two females.
As the patrolman’s investigation unfolded, the routine traffic stop eventually turned into what was described as a drug investigation, leading to the seizure of a large quantity of suspected Fentanyl, an extremely dangerous (often lethal) drug.
All three individuals were placed under arrest and transported back to BPD Headquarters for booking on Trafficking and Possession charges, according to a police source.
The investigation is ongoing and HN will provide official updates as they become available.
The following HN Video contains images from the scene, along with actual police radio transmissions…
All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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