A traffic stop for speeding on Farmersville Road turned into an arrest of two men who, police said, were in possession of drugs.
An officer in the area of Farmersville and Cotuit roads at 10:51 PM on Wednesday, March 3, initiated a stop for a car that was clocked at 45 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone.
Police said the car did not stop when the officer’s lights were activated, nor did it stop immediately after the cruiser’s siren was activated. The driver ultimately did bring the vehicle to a stop.
The driver, Michael C. Averett, 31, of Mashpee, was initially found to be driving without a license, police said.
Police said they determined that the car had been rented in the name of Mr. Averett’s girlfriend, but his girlfriend was not in the vehicle.
Officers had all three occupants exit the vehicle and placed Mr. Averett under arrest for operating with a suspended license, speeding, failure to stop for police, and a marked lanes violation.
When he was placed in the cruiser, officers noticed white powder and white chunks on the seat in the cruiser. More white powder was seen on his sweatshirt and the driver’s seat of the rental vehicle, police said.
The seat where one of the passengers, identified as Joseph S. Dinardo, 36, of East Falmouth, had been sitting had similar residue.
The substance is consistent with heroin or fentanyl, police said.
Mr. Averett was additionally charged with possession of a Class A drug. Mr. Dinardo was also arrested and charged with possession of a Class A drug.
The third passenger, a woman, was not charged.