HYANNIS – Barnstable Police report that on Thursday at approximately 5 a.m. Officers were called to the International Inn on Main Street in Hyannis regarding a person in need of medical assistance in a section of the hotel that had been closed for the season. Several officers and medical personnel began searching the hallways and rooms with hotel management for a person in distress.
While searching, officers came upon 30 year old William Hart of Brockton in one of the rooms that had not been rented and should not have been occupied. A quick search of the room revealed that Hart had hidden approximately 55 grams of cocaine in the suspended ceiling of the room. Hart was subsequently placed under arrest for Trafficking Cocaine 36-100 grams and trespassing.
A second trespasser, 29 year old Keith Cousins of Marietta GA, was found in the room adjacent to where Hart had been found. Cousins was then escorted to his car in the hotel parking lot, where officers observed 5 small baggies of cocaine on the floor of his vehicle. Cousins was then placed under arrest for possession of cocaine and trespassing.
While committing this latest drug crime, William Hart was free on $25,000 bail for Trafficking in Cocaine over 100 grams and several counts of Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon from a June 2016 incident in which he assaulted Barnstable Narcotics Detectives with his vehicle (see related story here)
In addition, William Hart has an extensive criminal record involving firearms and illegal narcotics. In 2009 he was convicted in Barnstable Superior Court for Distribution of Cocaine and received a 2 year sentence and that same year he was convicted in Suffolk Superior Court for Assault with Intent to Kill, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Possession of a Firearm and sentenced to 5-7 years in state prison.
Keith Cousins also has an extensive criminal record involving firearms. In 2011 he was convicted in Suffolk Superior Court of Unlawful Possession of Firearm for the second time and sentenced to 5-6 years in state prison.
Hart and Cousins were arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Thursday. Hart’s prior bail was revoked and he is being held on an additional $50,000 bail regarding his new charges. Cousins was held on $1000 bail regarding his drug and trespass charges.
Media release and mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police