North Adams woman faces drug charges

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NORTH ADAMS >> A 31-year-old woman faces drug possession charges after police followed her and a suspected dealer and watched her in an alleged drug deal.

When plainclothes officers in the Berkshire County Drug Task Force spotted suspected heroin dealer Richard Winnie walking down Eagle Street in North Adams on March 16 , they followed him to the Cumberland Farms on Ashland Street.

Winnie allegedly met up with Kristin Giulino, 31, of North Adams, and the two walked to Chestnut Street together where police believed they saw Winnie sell her drugs in a hand-to-hand transaction, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Detective Mark Bailey.

When confronted by police, Winnie ran off. Police officers chased him into an American Legion Drive parking lot where he was taken into custody. He was released after officers did not find any contraband on him.

Giulino, who did not run, allegedly told Bailey that she had attempted to buy $40 of crack cocaine from Winnie but didn't have a chance because officers approached them. She admitted to being in possession of a Suboxone strip that she had purchased from a friend.

A search of Giulino allegedly turned up one Suboxone strip, 12 bags of heroin, and a plethora of drug paraphernalia that included three crack cocaine pipes, according to the police report.

Following his arrest, Winnie allegedly told police that he was attempting to buy $100 of crack cocaine from Giulino. The city's K-9 Unit searched the path that Winnie fled and did not find any additional narcotics.

Giulino was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to a single count of class A drug possession and two counts of class B drug possession. She is next scheduled to appear in court on April 25 for a pretrial hearing.

Winnie was not charged.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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