Police find drugs, over $88K in cash after fatal Taunton crash

Hector Fernando Bannister-Sanchez seen in Taunton District Court, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (WLNE)

TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) — Massachusetts State Police said the 34-year-old man charged in connection to a fatal crash in Taunton is also the target of a current drug trafficking investigation.

Hector Bannister-Sanchez is currently being held without bail on the new offenses he was charged with Monday.

Bannister-Sanchez was being watched by the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction and Enforcement Team, when he picked up drugs from a stash house and brought them to the home of a suspected customer on East Main Street in Middleborough.

Police said they were able to find Bannister-Sanchez through a GPS tracking device that had been attached to the suspect’s car.

Troopers followed Bannister-Sanchez to the home in unmarked cruisers. Once they arrived, police said they approached the suspect’s car on foot wearing plainclothes.

Bannister-Sanchez noticed the troopers nearing his car, and sped off onto Main Street.

Witnesses told police the 34-year-old continued to drive at a high rate of speed through Middleborough, Lakeville, and Taunton.

Troopers were able to use the GPS tracking device to find that Bannister-Sanchez had parked on Kingman Street.

Once they responded to the location, police found that the Bannister-Sanchez’s car had crashed into 54-year-old Lori Medeiros’ Ford Fusion. After the crash, police said the suspect ran from the scene with a backpack.

He was found and taken into custody by bystanders and a trooper.

Medeiros was taken to Morton Hospital, where she died.

Bannister-Sanchez was charged with manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide.

Later Monday, Massachusetts State Police were granted warrants to search any property associated with Bannister-Sanchez.

At a Quincy location, police said investigators seized a large amount of U.S. money and paperwork in the suspect’s name.

In Norton, police seized about 750 grams of suspected cocaine, 70 grams of suspected fentanyl, 240 grams of suspected fentanyl pills, and 182 grams of suspected methamphetamine pills.

They also seized a Glock 19 gun with a large capacity magazine with 11 rounds, drug packaging materials, drug ledger and notes, and paperwork in Bannister-Sanchez’s name.

Police said Bannister-Sanchez’s girlfriend, 34-year-old Jillian Haynes, was found at the Norton address.

Haynes is accused of being an accomplice in drug trafficking.

She was arrested and charged with trafficking fentanyl, cocaine, meth, the unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Police said in total, they seized $88,298 in cash.

Bannister-Sanchez was additionally charged with:

  • Trafficking in cocaine over 200 grams
  • Trafficking in fentanyl over 70 grams
  • Trafficking in methamphetamine over 100 grams
  • Possession of a firearm without an firearm identification card
  • Possession of Ammunition without FID card
  • Possession of a large capacity feeding device

The cases are being prosecuted by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

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