WILLIAMSBURG -- Four Northern Berkshire residents are facing drug charges after police allegedly discovered 430 packages of heroin in the vehicle they were traveling in during a traffic stop Monday on Route 9 in Williamsburg, according to a published report.

Phillip Cantelon, 43, of Williamstown, and Tabetha Dix, 24, Tyson Dube, 27, and Adam Romaniak, 23, all of North Adams, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to violate a drug law, Police Chief Denise Wickland told the Hampshire Gazette. Cantelon and Romaniak also face charges of possession of a Class A substance and Dix faces a charge of failure to have an inspection sticker.

Wickland said Officer Jason Soukup stopped the car in which the four were traveling about 7:30 p.m. Monday after noticing it had no inspection sticker. She said Soukup searched the car after he saw some of the occupants making suspicious movements. The search, Wickland said, uncovered drugs with a street value of roughly $4,000 and drug paraphernalia.

Wickland said heroin trafficking is a problem throughout the state, and smaller towns are no exception.

"We have definitely seen an increase in the number of drug busts over the last two years," he said. "The reason that we are able to make more arrests is because we now have enough highly trained officers that are out there doing their job every day."

Wickland said it appeared that the four may have gone to Springfield to pick up the heroin and were on their way back north to sell the drugs.


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"This was a very good arrest for the Williamsburg Police Department," Wickland said. "That officer did a very good job."

Information from the Hampshire Gazette was used in this report.