NORTH ADAMS >> Three women are facing drug possession charges after police allegedly recovered 369 bags of heroin on Tuesday during traffic stop in Adams.
Jennifer Rose, of Pittsfield, was driving a Mazda MPV on Route 116 in Cummington about 3:23 p.m. when Trooper Zachary Wood noticed the vehicle's headlights were not on during a light rain, according to his report.
Noting that he had pulled the same vehicle over last week for unlicensed operation, Wood decided to trail the vehicle into Adams, where he pulled it over on East Road.
Rose allegedly told police that she and two passengers — Nicole Hurley, 38, and Sherry Vallieres, 38, both of North Adams — had been shopping at the mall in Holyoke. Wood notes that two of the women allegedly said they did not buy anything while the third, Hurley, said she had put some items on layaway but couldn't name any of them.
Police later discovered that Rose was not licensed to operate a motor vehicle, according to the police report. She also allegedly had constricted pupils, raising suspicion that she could be operating under the influence of drugs.
Based on the women's story, which police allege did not make sense, officers searched the vehicle and uncovered six packages, each containing 50 bags of heroin, inside what allegedly was Hurley's purse. There was also a small bag of what was believed to be cocaine.
Vallieres later admitted to having two packages of 50 bags of heroin inside her pants, which police recovered.
Several of the bags of heroin believed to be purchased by the women already had been used, the report indicates.
In an interview with police, Hurley allegedly admitted to purchasing 300 bags of heroin in Holyoke earlier that day for $1,300 and a small bag of cocaine for $150. She allegedly told officers that she uses 20 to 25 bags of heroin a day.
She pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to single counts of possession to distribute a class A drug, possession of a class B drug, subsequent offense, and conspiracy to violate drug law. She is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on April 20.
Vallieres pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession of a class A drug and conspiracy to violate drug law. She is next scheduled to appear in court on April 22 for a pretrial hearing.
Both women were released on personal recognizance by Judge Paul Vrabel.
Rose, who was also released on personal recognizances, pleaded not guilty Thursday to single counts of operating under the influence of drugs, a motor vehicle lights violation, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, possession of a class A drug, and conspiracy to violate drug law.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.