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State Police arrest two in Littleton for allegedly trafficking heroin and cocaine

Drugs confiscated by Massachusetts State Police.
Drugs confiscated by Massachusetts State Police.
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LITTLETON — A man from Springfield man and a woman from Agawam were arrested last Friday for allegedly trafficking heroin and cocaine, after a state police trooper pulled the two over in Littleton for speeding and having tinted front windows, officials said.

According to police, Trooper George D’Amelio was patrolling Route 495 northbound when a gray Ram pickup truck with dark tinted windows sped past his cruiser.

After initiating a traffic stop, police said the driver, 35-year-old Nathaniel Jones, showed signs of impairment and, after requesting Jones take a field sobriety test, D’Amelio requested a K-9 to respond to the scene due to his suspicions that there were drugs in the truck.

Before the K-9 arrived, official said D’Amelio discovered that the passenger, 27-year-old Gina Barrette, had a small amount of heroin and needles in her purse, and also saw a bottle of Gabapentin medication — which had neither Jones’ or Barrette’s name on it — fall onto the pavement.

Upon arrival, the K-9 did a sweep of the truck and “showed interest in the back seat area.”

Police said Jones and Barrette were placed under arrest for possession of the Gabapentin and heroin.

After conducting a further inventory of the truck’s contents, police said that troopers searched the center console and found more drugs and drug paraphernalia.

In total, troopers located approximately 65 grams of suspected heroin, approximately 88 grams of suspected cocaine and 25 Gabapentin pills, according to police.

Jones and Barrette were scheduled for arraignment at Ayer District Court.

Jones was charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, possession of a Class E drug, possession of a Class B substance, conspiracy to violate drug law, illegal window tint and speeding.

Barrette was charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, possession of a Class E drug, possession of a Class B drug, possession of a Class A drug and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Police said a bail commissioner set bail for Jones at $10,000 and Barrette for $2,500, which they posted.