Three facing drug charges after police raid on North Adams apartment

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NORTH ADAMS — Three people are facing charges after city police raided a West Shaft Road apartment suspected to be a center for cocaine distribution.

Garret Vil, 24, of Richmond Avenue, and Tyler Sumner, 21, of Fenn Street, both of Pittsfield, and Heather Conn, 22, of West Shaft Road, were arrested in the bust and arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday.

Following a lengthy investigation, the Berkshire County Drug Task Force obtained a warrant for the apartment, where they waited and followed three suspects as they departed the residence. A subsequent search of their Chevy Malibu turned up ecstasy, cocaine, clonazepam and Suboxone, according to police.

Police had received information from two confidential informants within the previous 10 days that Vil was transporting drugs in the motor vehicle, according to the police report. Police followed the Malibu from the West Shaft Road residence after 10 p.m. Thursday and stopped it in the Walmart parking lot on Route 8 in North Adams.

Following the traffic stop, investigators received a search warrant for Vil, Sumner, and a third passenger in the vehicle.

Police allegedly found several grams of cocaine in the pocket of Sumner's pants. Including the packaging, the bag of cocaine weighed slightly more than 6 grams, estimated to have a street value between $826 and $1,550 on the street.

During the strip search of Vil, officers allegedly discovered a bag of 18 pills, later determined to be Clonazepam, inside his anus. Once removed, it was discovered that the bag also contained eight strips of Suboxone and two to three grams of a purple substance believed to be ecstasy, according to the police report.

During the search, Vil allegedly admitted to officers that he is addicted to Suboxone.

There were no drugs found on the third passenger, who was released.

Meanwhile, investigators raided Conn's West Shaft Road apartment and discovered a white residue on dealer paraphernalia they discovered in the trash. Conn was arrested when she returned from another apartment in the complex.

Vil pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession to distribute a class B and a single count of possession to distribute a class C drug. He was held on $3,500 cash bail by Judge Paul Vrabel and is next scheduled for a pretrial hearing on May 6.

Sumner pleaded not guilty to a single count of possession to distribute a class B drug. He was held on $2,500 cash bail and is next scheduled for a pretrial hearing on May 25.

Conn pleaded not guilty to a single count of class B drug possession and was released on personal recognizance. She was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on June 22.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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