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Traffic stop nets heroin haul

Swanzey, N.H. woman arraigned on drug charges

GREENFIELD — A New Hampshire woman has been arraigned on drug distribution charges after police say they found more than 250 bags of heroin on her after a traffic stop.

Diana M. Espaillat, 27, of Swanzey, N.H., pleaded innocent to charges of heroin possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate drug laws Friday in Greenfield District Court.

She was the passenger in a Volkswagen pulled over on Interstate 91 in Deerfield by Trooper Noah Pack Thursday night.

In his report, Pack wrote that he pulled the car over after noticing that it slowed considerably when he came into sight, and briefly crossed the white line into the breakdown lane.

He saw the passenger reaching around the vehicle while it pulled over, and ordered her out of the vehicle for fear of his safety, he wrote.

Espaillat was nervous, shaking and sweating, he said, and told him that she and the driver had been to Hadley to visit a friend, though she couldn’t recall the person’s name, Pack wrote.

Later, she told the trooper that she and driver Amy-Jo Akin, 37, of Swanzey, N.H., had gone to Holyoke to buy $40 worth of marijuana, according to the report. Akin also told Pack the two made the trip for 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana, he wrote.

Pack wrote that he felt that was an unreasonable distance to go for $40 of marijuana, and asked the driver if he could search the vehicle, which she agreed to.

He found a small amount of marijuana in a door pocket, and a digital scale in the glove box, leading him to suspect there was drug dealing activity, he wrote.

Once backup arrived, female state police Detective Lt. Robin Whitney asked Espaillat to shake out her bra underneath her shirt, since female suspects will often hide contraband there, wrote Pack.

Espaillat instead pulled her entire shirt and bra up, revealing a package containing three bags of heroin stuck to her right breast, Pack wrote.

Both women told Pack that they had gone to Holyoke to buy one bundle — 10 bags — of the drug, but troopers suspected there was more, according to the report.

Whitney then conducted a strip search of the woman. Pack wrote that a glass pipe and a blue rubber glove were found in her underwear, the glove containing 248 bags of heroin.

Pack’s report states that Akin told him that the two bought the drugs together, which she uses to manage her pain. However, police found that one of the woman’s cell phones had several text messages from different people, referring to the buying and selling of heroin and marijuana.

As of Friday, Akin had not yet been charged with anything.

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

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Trooper Pack’s last name.

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