Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of two Massachusetts residents after troopers seized eight hundred ecstasy pills during a motor vehicle stop.
On Monday, February 29, 2016, at approximately 11:15 PM, Troopers from the Hope Valley Barracks conducted a motor vehicle stop after witnessing an equipment violation on a vehicle traveling north on Route 95 in the Town of West Greenwich. At the time of the stop, the female operator presented a valid Massachusetts driver’s license identifying herself as Elaine Boyd, age 29, of 9 Alaska Street in Roxbury, MA. Her passenger verbally identified himself as Kendall Brown. A subsequent check of Brown was negative for any identification in the State of Massachusetts and further investigation would reveal Brown’s real identity as Kendall Petty, age 49, of 1344 Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park, MA. Troopers learned that Petty had an active Third District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for the Ability to Pay on the original charge of Operating on a Suspended License originating out of the Hope Valley Barracks. Petty was subsequently placed into custody without incident.
During the motor vehicle stop, Troopers observations and Petty’s prior criminal history led to a probable cause search which resulted in the seizure of eight-hundred (800) ecstasy pills, located in the center console of the vehicle. Troopers also seized one (1) gram of Methylene Dioxy Meth Amphetamine (MDMA), more commonly known as Molly, and under one ounce of marijuana.
Both Boyd and Petty were transported to the Hope Valley Barracks, processed, and held overnight pending arraignment in Third District Court.
Boyd was charged with: 1. Possession of a Schedule II narcotic (Ecstasy) with Intent to Deliver, 2. Controlled Substance Conspiracy, 3. Possession of a Controlled Substance (Molly). She was also issued a Traffic Court summons for the equipment violation and for possessing under one ounce of marijuana.
Petty was charged with 1. Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic (Ecstasy) with Intent to Deliver, 2. Controlled Substance Conspiracy, 3. Possession of a Controlled Substance (Molly), 4. Obstruction.
The penalty for a person convicted of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver is a prison term up to life or a fine not more than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or both.