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Vt. woman faces heroin dealing charges in I-91 stop

Items including bundles of heroin and cash and money orders confiscated by State Police  following a traffic stop on Interstate 91 in Deerfield.
(Courtesy of Mass. State Police)

Items including bundles of heroin and cash and money orders confiscated by State Police following a traffic stop on Interstate 91 in Deerfield. (Courtesy of Mass. State Police)

GREENFIELD — A Vermont woman pleaded not guilty to heroin and ecstasy charges in Greenfield District Court on Monday following her arrest Saturday on Interstate 91 in Deerfield.

Ashley Trevorrow, 26, of Bellows Falls, Vt., faces charges of possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance, possession of a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate drug law.

According to his arrest report, Trooper Noah Pack of the Northampton State Police barracks stopped a black Ford Fusion at 5:05 p.m. Saturday on I-91 north, just north of Exit 25, because the car was swerving within its lane. Police say they found 599 bags of heroin and five pills of ecstasy in the car.

The bag is the basic unit of heroin sales, typically a folded wax-paper-like packet varying in weight and often marked with rubber stamps. Some heroin addicts use as many as 50 in a day.

Pack questioned the driver and passenger, noting that both appeared nervous and the passenger had constricted pupils, consistent with heroin or other opiate use.

Pack wrote that he found implausible the driver’s story that they had driven from Bellows Falls, Vt., to Holyoke for pet supplies for a sugar glider, a small tree-dwelling marsupial. Pack also believed he recognized the passenger as Trevorrow, whom he knew to have an arrest warrant from a previous case involving heroin transportation.

After a partial search and arrest, Trevorrow admitted her name after initially giving a false name, and admitted that she had 59 bundles — 10 bags in each bundle — in her pants, saying she had just purchased the drugs in Holyoke and had paid her brother to drive her and given him the heroin in his pocket.

The driver, Ryan Rivett, also of Bellows Falls, admitted driving Trevorrow and was summoned to court on an unspecified charge.

Pack found a box of 9mm Luger ammunition during a search of the car, which Rivett said he had purchased but did not have a license for.

“The presence of ammunition is particularly concerning in this case because it is known that some drug dealers and users from Vermont and New Hampshire, where gun laws are more lax than Mass., will transport these items to high-crime areas of Mass. to trade them for drugs,” Pack wrote.

The ammunition was seized, as were $1,732 in cash and postal orders from Trevorrow’s wallet — as suspected proceeds of drug distribution — and a cellphone that Pack wrote lit up constantly with missed calls and text messages during booking.

Greenfield District Court Judge William F. Mazanec III ordered Trevorrow released on personal recognizance, with the condition that she remain drug-free and submit to testing.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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