SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 15, 2013

Salem woman charged with drug distribution

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff writer

---- — State police say a Salem woman was arrested on a number of drug distribution charges after a traffic stop in Brighton led to a slew of arrests.

Kristen Hosman, 29, was arrested on charges of possession to distribute methamphetamine, possession to distribute cocaine, possession to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to violate drug laws, according to a press release.

Hosman was reportedly in a vehicle that was stopped by state police for speeding and failing to stop for a stop sign on Rugg Road around 3:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.

“At the time of the stop, the trooper could see several people in the car moving around,” the release said. “The trooper observed the occupants ducking out of his sight as he approached the vehicle.”

An officer determined that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Brian Poitras, 27, of Lynn, had a revoked license. He was arrested. Then police removed the passengers from the vehicle and discovered more than 11 grams of cocaine, almost 7 grams of methamphetamine, under an ounce of marijuana, a scale and glass vials, according to the release.

Poitras was arrested on charges of possession to distribute methamphetamine, possession to distribute cocaine, possession to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. He was also cited for operating a motor vehicle after a license revocation as a habitual traffic offender, speeding, failure to stop or yield, and failure to wear a seat belt.

The other two passengers, identified as Victor Cordino, 29, of Allston and Cameron Linehan, 22, of Somerville, were arrested on charges of possession to distribute methamphetamine, possession to distribute cocaine, possession to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

The four were transported to the state police barracks in Brighton.

After his arrest, Cordino requested that troopers notify his roommates at 32 Rugg Road that he was in custody, and Boston police officers on the scene recognized that address as a building “they respond to frequently for complaints of parties, loud music and intoxicated people,” the release said. Officers went to the address because there is no phone there.

“When a person answered the door, police were met with a strong odor of trash and stale alcohol and observed trash and empty alcohol containers strewn across the floor. Four people were located inside what appeared to be a musical rehearsal space that was not fit as a residence,” the release said.

At the address, police arrested two more people: Paige Hamm, 18, of Bridgewater, on a charge of possession of a Class B substance, and Agalov Vsevolod, 23, of Ashland, on an outstanding warrant.

Each of the six people arrested was expected to appear in Brighton District Court for arraignment yesterday.