NORTH ADAMS — Three city residents face drug charges after police report that they uncovered crack cocaine during a routine traffic stop last week.
Officers discovered more than 5 grams of crack cocaine and dealer paraphernalia during the Jan. 18 traffic stop, resulting in the arrest of the driver and two passengers.
The incident began when North Adams Police Officer Nicholas Felix noticed a car on River Street with a malfunctioning headlight, prompting him to stop the vehicle.
While Felix wrote up a traffic citation for the busted headlight and an expired inspection sticker, a second officer at the scene noticed the driver trying to hide a metal case, later found to contain drug paraphernalia.
Kristin Giulino, the driver and owner of the car, allegedly admitted to police that she was in possession of drug paraphernalia but denied having anything else in the car, according to the police report.
The rear passenger, Charles Gillis, was taken into custody after police say they spotted narcotics on the floor of the vehicle, near his feet.
There was allegedly a single gram of cocaine inside a pill bottle beneath the driver's seat and another gram inside a plastic bag near Gillis' feet.
Because there were narcotics in the car and she was its driver, Giulino was also arrested, according to police.
The front passenger, Tarrin Daniels, allegedly admitted to police that the three were "smoking crack." He was then arrested.
Police later allegedly discovered 3.2 grams of crack cocaine, $200 in cash on Daniels, and five unused plastic sandwich bags, according to the report.
In total, the amount of crack cocaine recovered weighed 5.2 grams, which officers estimated to have a street value of about $520.
Daniels, 32, of Isbell Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession to distribute a Class B drug, subsequent offense, and conspiracy to violate drug law.
Giulino, 33, of Isbell Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession to distribute a Class B drug, conspiracy to violate drug law, a motor vehicle lights violation and not having an inspection sticker.
Gillis, 33, of Beaver Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of possession to distribute a Class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.
All three were released on personal recognizance and are next scheduled to appear March 5 for a pretrial hearing.
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