Thursday September 6, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A city woman arrested last November after police turned up a cache of heroin in her car during a traffic stop in Lee had her case continued without a finding of guilt for a year on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Holly Moran, 26, admitted to sufficient facts for a finding of guilty on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws and pleaded guilty to one count of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. If Moran remains drug-free and undergoes drug testing and drug counseling, her case will be dismissed at the end of a year.

Two charges -- a drug violation in a school zone and having an expired inspection sticker -- were dismissed at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

Moran was one of three defendants facing charges in the case. Her sister, Nicole Belanger, 24, of Clarksburg, along with Robin M. Connors, 28, of Lee, were also in the car when they were pulled over by Lee police on Park Street as the trio returned from a Holyoke heroin run on Nov. 9, according to the prosecutor.

The car was pulled over for an expired inspection sticker, police said at the time.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Gregory M. Barry, police found a total of 190 packets of heroin ready for sale in a bag next to where Connors was sitting during the traffic stop. Police said the drugs could net about $3,000 on the street.

In July, Connors pleaded guilty to second-offense heroin possession with the intent to distribute and other charges and was sentenced to between three and four years in state prison.

Belanger, who also resolved her case in July, received a sentence similar to her sister’s.