Webster traffic stop ends with 2 accused of trafficking meth

WEBSTER — A traffic stop resulted in two men’s arrest on methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Randy Murhammer, 36, of Woonsocket, R.I,, and 26-year-old Kevin Wood of 55 Dudley Hill Road, Dudley, were arrested Thursday and arraigned Friday in Dudley District Court.

According to a police press release, Officer Michael O’Leary saw Mr. Murhammer driving on Gore Road when he noticed a license plate without a registration sticker affixed to it.

The officer learned that the registration was revoked because the insurance had been cancelled. The license plates were reported stolen.

When the officer approached Mr. Murhammer, the driver, he noticed a scale and money stuffed between the driver’s seat and center console.

Mr. Murhammer didn’t have a license, and Mr. Wood initially gave Officer O’Leary a false name.

As officers arrived and investigated further, a small bag containing white powder, which Sgt. Thomas Ralph believed to be methamphetamine, was located. A police dog was requested, and Marlboro Police Sgt. Ken McKenzie and his partner Kaiser arrived.

A container was located in an Arizona Iced Tea can with a false bottom. It contained more of what appeared to be methamphetamine. A total of 23 grams were seized. Its estimated value was about $1,700.

Mr. Murhammer was charged with conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law, trafficking more than 18 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a Class B substance with the intent to distribute, receiving stolen property, and numerous motor vehicle infractions.

Mr. Wood was charged with conspiracy, a subsequent offense of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, trafficking more than 18 grams of methamphetamine and furnishing a false name upon arrest. Mr. Wood also had a warrant for his arrest from the Dudley court.

Mr. Wood’s bail was set at $10,000, while Mr. Murhammer’s bail was set at $1,000. A pretrial hearing for both is slated for Sept. 10.


By Brian Lee

Telegram & Gazette Staff

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