North Adams traffic stop leads to arrest of alleged 2 heroin dealers


NORTH ADAMS — An early morning traffic stop on South Church Street on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of two suspected drug dealers and seizure of nearly 1,000 bags of heroin.

Following leads from two confidential informants, police waited for suspected heroin dealers Tony Mejias, 35, and Gavin Mahar, 23, both of North Adams, to return from a trip to the Springfield area, where it was believed they would be restocking a supply of heroin.

Shortly after midnight, police spotted the white Ford Focus station wagon they were believed to be riding in driving north on South Church Street at 34 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Joshua Zustra.

After the vehicle was pulled over, the occupants gave an inconsistent story about the night, the report said, and a police K-9 unit was called to the scene.

The dog alerted police to a backpack, which contained 977 bags of heroin, which is estimated to have a street value of $9,770 in North Adams, the report said.

Police ultimately learned that Kristina Crittelli, 32, and Dale Crittelli, 35, both of Adams, had driven Mejias and Mahar to the Springfield area for a few bags of heroin and gas money, according to the report.

During the booking process. Mejias was allegedly found to be in possession of $816.

Mejias pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court to trafficking 18 to 36 grams of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug law.

He was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail by Judge Paul Vrabel, who revoked his bail on an open charge of class A drug distribution, subsequent offense, in Berkshire Superior Court.

Mahar was held on $5,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to the same charges as Mejias. Both are set to return to court on June 10 for pretrial hearings.

The Crittellis were to be summonsed on charges of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug law, according to the police report. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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