By David Zapata –
As the result of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Worcester County State Police Detective Unit and the Worcester Police Vice Squad, on October 21, 2020 Delema Michelle Byrd was arrested for possession of cocaine to distribute subsequent offence, possession to distribute class A drug subsequent offence and possession to distribute class E drug subsequent offence.
During their investigation MSPDU-Worcester made multiple controlled purchases of suspected crack cocaine from Byrd.
On the day that Byrd was taken into custody she was observed at 9:16 am arriving at 11 Vinson Street in Worcester and parking. An individual identified as Christopher Storer of Apt. 1 at 11 Vinson approached Byrd and based on the experience and training of the troopers, they believed that they had just observed a hand to hand street level drug transaction.
After the transaction was complete, Storer walked away from Byrd and Byrd drove off. MSPDU-Worcester maintained visual surveillance of Byrd and pulled her over in the area of Edwards Street and Belmont Street.
MSPDU-Worcester searched the vehicle that was being operated by Byrd and recovered seven baggies of suspected crack cocaine, three containers of what appeared to be a white powdery/rock like substance, a pill bottle with gabapentin, a knotted corner baggie containing a tan powdery substance consistent with the appearance of fentanyl and $197.
MSPDU-Worcester and the Worcester Police Vice Squad at 9:35 a.m., returned to 11 Vinson Street and executed a search warrant of apartment two which is where Byrd resided. Inside the apartment were two males and one female. Troopers and officers executing the search warrant recovered from the apartment a plastic bag with some blue pills, multiple bags containing eleven bags of suspected cocaine, one scale and $554.
Byrd was taken into custody and made an initial appearance in the Worcester District Court. The court ordered that Byrd be held on $3,500 bail and her bail that she previously posted on a pending case for A&B with a dangerous weapon and assault with dangerous weapon, was revoked.
In December of 2019, Worcester Police responded to 11 Vinson Street for a dispute between neighbors. Upon arrival officers were informed by the tenant of apartment one that the tenant in apartment two who was identified by police as Byrd, threw a bottle at them and then grabbed a hammer and threatened to assault her with it.
Byrd who was raised in Springfield, comes from a reasonably emotionally and economically stable environment. After becoming pregnant at age 17, Byrd moved out of her mother’s home and that’s when her criminal behavior started. By age 23, Byrd was an alcoholic and was also smoking marijuana which led to her eventually becoming addicted to crack cocaine.
As the result of her addiction and criminal behavior, Byrd has been in and out of correctional and drug treatment facilities.
In May 2010, Byrd was indicted in the U.S. District Court in Springfield after an ongoing investigation by the FBI. As the result of the investigation, Byrd pled guilty to distributing cocaine base on November 2, November 9, November 24 and December 3, 2009. Byrd was a member of a drug conspiracy where the FBI and the Massachusetts State Police used a confidential informant to make multiple controlled purchases of cocaine. One instance the confidential informant made two controlled purchases of crack, one for .15 grams of crack for $10 and then latter bought an eight-ball of crack.
Byrd is currently in custody at the Western Mass Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee and will be back in Worcester District Court on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.