Great Barrington police charge pair with marijuana possession


GREAT BARRINGTON -- Two people face drug charges after their arrests in Great Barrington on Thursday morning, police said.

Patrick Austrian, 29, of North Plain Road, and Jennifer Martel, 24, who was listed as homeless, each have been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, and a violation of a drug-free school zone.

Austrian has also been charged with driving with a suspended license.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and/or arrests are possible, according to police.

Police officers Samuel Stolzer and John Finnerty found Austrian and Marcel to be in possession of 1.6 ounces of marijuana, partially packaged for sale; $21,000 in cash; three working cell phones; and detailed financial records that showed transactions totaling $37,981.

They were arrested following a traffic stop for a suspended license, police said.

Austrian was released on $700 bail pending an appearance on Thursday, June 5, in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington.

Marcel was released on $750 bail pending an appearence in District Court on Monday.


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