NORTH ADAMS — Two Cheshire residents with what police call an "enormous customer base" have been arrested on drug charges for the second time in less than a month.
Nathan Biros, 24, and Mariah Bresett, 25, both of whom already are facing possession charges, were arrested Friday following weeks of investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.
The pair are believed to be among the largest suppliers of oxycodone in the Northern Berkshires, according to police, who added that the scope of the investigation is even larger.
"There may be additional charges coming for other individuals," said Adams Police Detective Lawrence Ordyna.
The two initially were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on March 7 that turned up nine Percocet pills and $1,670 cash. The stop was the result of an investigation into the distribution of oxycodone stemming from Pittsfield, based on information received from confidential sources and concerned citizens, according to police.
They were arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court and released on their own recognizance.
As part of the ongoing investigation, police followed Biros and Bresett on Friday as they drove into an area of Pittsfield known for its drug activity, according to court documents.
Armed with a warrant, police stopped the Pontiac as the pair returned to Cheshire and searched the suspects for drugs. A clutch purse kept inside Bresett's bra was found to contain 25 Percocet pills, 16 clonazepam pills, and two Xanax pills. The drugs are estimated to have a total street value of about $1,710.
Bresett also had $63 in cash and 18 unused plastic bags, according to police.
They each pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday on single counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute, possession of a class C drug with intent to distribute, possession of a class C drug, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Judge William O'Grady set bail at $2,500 cash for Biros and $1,000 cash for Bresett.
Both posted bail, but they were ordered to undergo treatment at Berkshire Medical Center's McGee Recovery Center upon their release. Following treatment, Biros and Bresett must enter a day treatment program as a condition of their pretrial release.
O'Grady denied motions from prosecutors to revoke bail for Biros and Bresett in the Pittsfield case.
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