State Police Arrest Two Men in Wareham for Trafficking Heroin

Expired inspection sticker initially drew trooper's attention...
Evidence seized by State Police during arrest of Jaqua Smith and Shawn Panepinto in Wareham Friday. (MSP evidence photo)

From the Massachusetts State Police:

Yesterday, Trooper Brandyn Henson, of the State Police-Bourne Barracks, arrested JAQUA SMITH, 24, of Onset, and SHAWN PANEPINTO, 22, of New Bedford, and charged them with Trafficking Heroin.  

Just about 9:30 a.m., Trooper Henson was on patrol on 11th Street in Wareham when he observed a Honda CR-V with an expired inspection sticker stopped at a stop sign. The CR-V continued to travel on 11th Street eventually pulling into a parking lot and parked.

Trooper Henson made contact with the occupants and identified the operator as SMITH and his passenger as PANEPINTO. As result of an investigation and search the vehicle approximately 400 grams of Heroin was located inside a container which was inside a backpack. 

Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the Bourne Barracks for booking where bail was set at $250,000. They are being held at the Plymouth House of Correction pending their arraignment on Tuesday in Wareham District Court.

SMITH was charged with the following offenses:

  • Trafficking in Heroin/Morphine/Opium
  • No Inspection Sticker.

PANEPINTO was charged with the following offense:

  • Trafficking in Heroin/Morphine/Opium. 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