An owner of The Hub, New Hampshire man arrested in drug bust


NORTH ADAMS >> One of the owners of downtown eatery The Hub was arrested alongside a New Hampshire man after authorities allegedly found hard drugs on the pair during a motor vehicle stop.

Matthew Schilling, 45, of North Adams, co-owner of The Hub at 55 Main St., and Scott Kastner, 33, of Manchester, N.H., were arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on drug possession charges Friday.

According to North Adams Police Department, detectives on Wednesday stopped a 2012 Honda Ridgeline operated by Schilling on probable cause and found quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and diazepam and lorazepam — "all pre-packaged for sale and distribution" — on his person.

Kastner, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was found to be in possession of powder cocaine.

On Friday, Schilling pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire Court to charges of possession class A, B and C substances with intent to distribute.

Kastner pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a class B substance.

North Adams Police Department said in a Facebook post the arrests resulted after a "several month investigation into the distribution of illegal narcotics in the North Adams area."

Berkshire County Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation. That agency possessed the files on the case. A North Adams Police sergeant was unable to identify the total amount of drugs found on the pair or where and when the motor vehicle stop was made.

Reactions by commenters on Facebook indicated that The Hub will remain open for business. Some expressed support for the business and pointed out that it is not Schilling's alone, while other suggested a "boycott."

Contact Phil Demers at 413-496-6214.


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