Bernardston traffic stop results in heroin charges
BERNARDSTON — State Police took more than 250 bags of heroin, as well as packaging materials and several grams of the unpackaged drug off the streets in an Interstate 91 traffic stop Thursday.
Vincent Paris, 38, of Hampden, Conn., was arrested on a charge of trafficking in heroin, as well as four Superior Court warrants.
He was arrested when troopers Michael McNally and Joshua Perini stopped a Nissan Maxima northbound in the left lane with a cracked windshield at 6:08 p.m. Thursday, according to trooper Matthew Trombley.
The driver, Tashaya Standburry, 20, also of Hampden, did not have a valid license and gave a false name to the troopers, Trombley said. She will be summoned to court on charges of driving without a license and other traffic offenses.
Troopers searched the car, and found 260 single-use bags of heroin, another bag containing 23 grams of the drug, Trombley said. Also inside were more than 100 unused wax bags and a kit for stamping them with the brand “big bang,” the trooper said.
Trombley said the two were headed to Vermont with the heroin.
A small child was also present in the car, and the Department of Children and Families will be notified, Trombley said.
Paris had four open warrants for failing to appear to other court cases.
These include an ongoing heroin case in Franklin Superior Court.
On Oct. 1, 2013, Paris and another man were stopped while speeding North through Greenfield on the interstate in a rental car.
Neither were the registered renter of the car, which was towed to the Shelburne state police barracks, according to trooper Nicholas Pellegrino.
There, police found 653 bags of heroin in two false-bottomed cans, one marked tire sealant and the other rug deodorizer, Pellegrino said. Troopers also found nearly $2,000 in the car, according to Pellegrino.