NORTH ADAMS — A recent traffic stop led to the discovery of nearly 300 bags of heroin and arrest of two Northern Berkshire residents.
Trisha Levesque, 39, and Jessica Trotter, 41, were stopped on Union Street shortly after 7 p.m. April 2 by a North Adams Police officer, who clocked their car going 42 mph in a 35-mph zone.
Also, the Scion hatchback had a defective headlight and brake light, according to a report written by Officer David Sherman.
After stopping the vehicle, Sherman allegedly saw Levesque, who was driving, reach down near the passenger area of the vehicle, and the passenger, Trotter, reach under her seat.
When asked where they were headed, the two said they were on the way back from Kentucky Fried Chicken in Greenfield.
Police noted that Trotter had an active warrant for her arrest from Berkshire Superior Court related to drug-possession charges.
An officer allegedly found 42 bags of heroin and a crack pipe with residue inside Trotter's purse.
Upon further questioning, Levesque admitted to officers that they had traveled to "a friend's house" in Holyoke to purchase heroin.
Police searched the vehicle and found an additional 250 bags of heroin inside a locked glove box, according to the report.
If sold in individual bags, the heroin would be worth $2,920 on the street, police said.
Trotter, of Williamstown, pleaded not guilty Friday to single counts of possession to distribute a Class A drug, subsequent offense, conspiracy to violate drug law and possession of a class B substance, subsequent offense.
Judge Paul Vrabel set her bail at $50 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for May 9.
Levesque, of North Adams, pleaded not guilty April 3 to single counts of possession to distribute a class A drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, speeding and two motor vehicle lights violations.
She was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear May 4 for a pretrial hearing.
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