Heroin charges filed after base checkpoint stop

By PATRICK CASSIDY | Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass. | Published: August 5, 2014

BARNSTABLE — Two men are facing drug charges after they allegedly tried to get onto Joint Base Cape Cod with heroin on Friday.

State police were called to the base's security checkpoint on Snake Pond Road at 4:30 p.m., according to a police report filed in Barnstable District Court.

When troopers arrived they found two men handcuffed and sitting on the hood of a Ford Taurus and a woman who was not handcuffed, according to the report.

Base personnel told the troopers that the Taurus had pulled up to the checkpoint but the occupants were initially unable to provide any identification that would get them onto the base, according to the report.

The driver pulled the Taurus out of the checkpoint and parked on the east side of the roadway before returning, according to the report. One of the passengers — Shane Lokerson, 26, — then presented an Army National Guard Common Access Card, a form of identification used by military personnel, the report says.

At this point the personnel at the checkpoint asked the driver, Cory J. Brescia, 25, of Rehoboth, if there was anything in the vehicle, according to the report.

He told them there might be some needles in the driver's seat and gave them consent to search the vehicle, according to the report.

During the search they found four blue bags with a white powdery substance in the driver's-side visor and several hypodermic needles under the driver's-side seat, the report says. They also found three blue bags with a white substance and a sock with a "heroin setup kit" consisting of a hypodermic needle and spoon in Lokerson's pocket, according to police.

Lokerson said the three bags were heroin and were his, but Brescia said the bags in the visor had been left in the car by a friend, according to the report.

Brescia's girlfriend was allowed to take the car, and the two men were charged with possession of heroin, according to the report.

Brescia was arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Monday and ordered held on a probation matter out of Taunton District Court, according to court records. A pretrial hearing in the case was scheduled for Sept. 16.

There was no court file for Lokerson as of Monday afternoon.

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