DANVERS — Police are looking for a man they believe was processing and distributing large amounts of cocaine from a Danvers motel room, all while hiding from authorities seeking him in connection with a shooting in New Hampshire.
More than half a kilogram of the drug was found in a room at the Econo Lodge on Endicott Street during a search Wednesday, and more cocaine was found by the side of Route 128, police say.
Thomas Holland, 31, with a last known address in Brockton, allegedly threw several bags containing cocaine out the window of a BMW X3 as Danvers detectives attempted to stop him on Route 128 Wednesday evening, according to a police report.
A co-defendant, Jasmine Wilder (who also uses the name James Wilder), 22, of Taunton was arrested at the Econo Lodge and charged with cocaine trafficking and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Police found more than a pound of cocaine and crack cocaine and 5.7 ounces of marijuana in the room, along with mixing bowls, scales and a measuring cup, and nearly $12,000 in cash.
Wilder’s bail was set at $25,000 Tuesday by a Salem District Court judge.
A Danvers police detective who was running license plates in the lot outside the motel came across the BMW, which had New Hampshire plates and was registered to a woman whose name could not be found anywhere else in the police computer system.
However, there were also notes in the system from other police departments indicating that Holland had been known to drive that vehicle.
Detective Timothy Williamson checked the motel register and saw that one of the guests was a “Jean Kabela” — which, he learned, was an alias used by Holland.
The detective watched the lot and eventually saw a man who looked like photos of Holland in the police computer. As the detective, in an unmarked car, was waiting for backup, Holland pulled out and drove to the Shell gas station across the street.
From there, he turned back onto Endicott on the wrong side of the divided road, drove along the overpass and then onto Route 128 south, police said. It was just before 5 p.m..
Police say Holland came to a stop just after getting onto the highway, then threw something from the window. As Williamson approached, Holland was yelling loudly. After Williamson asked him if he was Thomas Holland, police said, he sped away.
Detective Eric Clarizia searched along the busy roadway and found several small bags of cocaine that had been thrown through the BMW’s passenger side window.
Back at the motel, police encountered Wilder, who was arrested on a warrant and later charged with cocaine trafficking.
Police, who saw a chunk of cocaine on a sink, got a search warrant for the room. In addition to the drugs, they found Holland’s Social Security card and an identification with the Kabela name and Holland’s picture, according to the police report.
Police say that Holland will also be charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
While Wilder was at the police station, police say Holland called and told an officer that the drugs were his and that he would turn himself in.
He has not done so.
Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, issued a warrant for Holland last September in connection with a shooting in that city that triggered a lockdown at Manchester’s Central High School and left a man injured.
Then, in June, Holland was briefly in custody in Taunton after a report that he’d waved a gun at a group of people near Taunton Green. The Brockton Enterprise reported that Holland was found hiding in a shower and arrested.
He did not appear in court, however, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.