Pair face drug charges after MV stop in Hyannis

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– Barnstable Police report that on Thursday at approximately 11:30 a.m., Patrol Officer Blondin of the Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) was on patrol in Hyannis. At this time, Officer Blondin observed a black Jeep Grand Cherokee driving on Walton Ave. A computer check of the vehicle’s registration revealed that the Jeep Grand Cherokee was uninspected. Officer Blondin then conducted a motor vehicle stop on the Jeep.

As Officer Blondin approached the car, he observed a series of furtive movements within the motor vehicle involving the male passenger and the female operator. When Officer Blondin began to have conversation with the operator, he observed the passenger reaching for a hammer sticking out of a backpack in the back seat of the Jeep Cherokee. Blondin called for backup and other patrol officers arrived to assist him with the motor vehicle stop.

Further investigation by Officer Blondin revealed that the passenger, John Viust, 53, of New Bedford (left), was in possession of a small amount of cocaine. In addition, the female operator, Amanda Ashley, 35, of West Yarmouth (right), was found to be in possession of approximately 14 grams of heroin that she had hidden in her pants. Upon further inspection of the vehicle, drug distribution material including a digital scale and cutting agents was located and seized.

John Viust has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1991 when he was convicted in Barnstable Superior Court of trafficking cocaine, possession of heroin and illegal possession of a firearm. In addition, in 2008 Viust was convicted in Barnstable District Court of possession of cocaine and suboxone with intent to distribute.

John Viust was subsequently charged with Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, Subsequent Offense, and Possession of Cocaine, Subsequent Offense.

Amanda Ashley was charged with Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute, open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle and failure to have her motor vehicle inspected.

Viust was held on $1,500 bail and Ashley was bailed on personal recognizance.

Viust and Ashley are scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Monday.
Media release and mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police

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