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Addiction in Franklin County

Traffic stop leads to heroin bust; 850 bags taken off streets

GREENFIELD — A Thursday night traffic stop led to heroin charges against a local couple.

Allen Smith, 28, of 10 Heather Court, was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, carrying a dangerous weapon (a spring-loaded knife), and moving violations.

His girlfriend, Rachael Dillenback, of the same address, will be summoned to court on a charge of possession of heroin.

Prior to his arrest on drug charges, Smith had been pulled over for a broken license plate light, failing to stay in marked lanes, and speeding.

At 10:22 p.m. Thursday, state trooper Michael McNally was northbound on Interstate 91 near Northampton, when he saw a Jeep Grand Cherokee thought to belong to a known drug dealer, said trooper Nicholas Pellegrino.

McNally followed the SUV up the highway, and observed it breaking the speed limit, and failing to stay in its lane, said Pellegrino. McNally radioed trooper Stephen Bushay, who was in the Greenfield area, to look out for the vehicle.

The Jeep left the interstate at the Route 2 rotary, headed toward town, and Bushay pulled it over. When the trooper approached the Jeep, he noticed an illegal spring-loaded knife in plain view on the center console, said Pellegrino.

Bushay says he noticed the driver’s pupils were constricted, and felt he was hiding something from the trooper. After McNally arrived to provide backup, the driver was ordered out of the vehicle, and his girlfriend and 7-month-old child were taken to wait in the backseat of Bushay’s cruiser, while the troopers searched the vehicle.

“There were no drugs inside the passenger compartment, but a dryer sheet was found behind the glove box,” said Pellegrino. Dryer sheets, he said, are often used to mask the smell of contraband.

The troopers then opened the Jeep’s hood, where they found a gray plastic bag about the size of a brick, Pellegrino said.

“They opened the bag, and found 16 wax blocks, containing what appeared to be heroin,” said Pellegrino. He said each block contained 50 wax bags in 10-bag bundles.

Each wax bag was stamped with the words “brain storm,” a brand of heroin known to come from Holyoke, said Pellegrino. The trooper was unaware of any possible gang affiliated with the brand.

After the cache of heroin was found in the engine compartment, Dillenback started talking.

“She admitted to having approximately 50 bags in her undergarments,” said Pellegrino. She was allowed to go into the Jeep to retrieve them in private, and handed them over to the troopers, said Pellegrino.

The vehicle, along with $560 found on Smith, was seized as part of the investigation. The Department of Children and Families was notified about the incident, since there was a small child in the vehicle.

Smith was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Friday, and held on $3,000 cash bail or $30,000 surety. He is due back in court on April 23, for a bind-over hearing.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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