Barnstable police bust two with drugs and a stolen scanner

SCU arrests two in Hyannis following traffic stop Tuesday
Jonathan Cotell (left) and William Reynolds (right) were arrested after being pulled over on West Main Street in Hyannis Tuesday. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photos.

HYANNIS - Two Cape men are facing drug distribution charges following a motor vehicle stop in Hyannis Tuesday.  According to a Barnstable police release, Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) officers pulled over the driver of a white pickup truck on West Main Street following a minor traffic infraction just after 4 p.m.

The officers reportedly detected a "strong odor of marijuana" and saw the passenger, 21-year-old Jonathan Cotell of Hyannis, attempt to hide a white plastic bag under the seat.

The driver of the truck was identified as 24-year-old William Reynolds of Brewster, police said.

Prior to their arrest, the officers discovered a hunting knife, a small digital scale, approximately three grams of heroin and a quarter pound of marijuana in the white bag Cotell attempted to hide, according to police.

The officers also recovered a scanner belonging to the Orleans Fire Department. Neither Reynolds or Cotell are associated with the department, according to police.

Police have yet to determine if and how the scanner relates to the selling of illegal drugs.

Reynolds and Cotell were placed under arrest and transported to the Barnstable Police Station where they were charged as follows:

Cotell was charged with possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute and possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.

Reynolds was charged with possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure to use a turn signal. He was also charged with receiving stolen property over $250 for having the OFD scanner in his possession.

The pair were arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Wednesday, police said.

Reynolds, according to police, was arrested by SCU last July for having a spring loaded knife in his possession. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on