New Bedford Woman Held On $100,000 Bail For Drug Trafficking
FALMOUTH - A New Bedford woman was arrested in Falmouth on Monday on charges of intimidating a witness and trafficking heroin. She is being held on $100,000 cash bail after pleading guilty on Tuesday in Falmouth District Court.
According to the Cape Cod Times, 35-year old Crystal A. Hinson was stopped near Route 151 by Falmouth Police. Acting on a tip that Hinson, who was out on bail from a pending drug case in June, was delivering drugs from New Bedford to sell on the Cape, police deployed a drug-detecting police dog that detected narcotics on her.
According to the police report, it was discovered during the booking process that Hinson had attempted to hide a bag of drugs in her groin, which she admitted to.
The report states that “she then made it appear (that) she took something from her vagina and dropped a large piece of heroin/fentanyl on the floor and attempted to say the bag broke inside her.”
Falmouth Police say that Hinson also took a bag from out of her breast area and threw it in a trashcan. Both the bag from the trash can and Hinson's groin combined to weigh 50 grams of suspected heroin.
Police also suspected that Hinson swallowed drugs based on a result from a body screen by the Barnstable County Correctional Facility found a foreign substance in her stomach. She was transferred to Falmouth Hospital where she was discharged after denying swallowing anything.
Judge Christopher Welch provided a written-explanation of the high-cost of the bail that says the sale of fentanyl and heroin would likely result in a “potential legally viable charge of manslaughter.”
Court documents also state that Judge Welch noted Hinson's other pending drug cases and history of drugs and violence.