Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Nearly 600 bags of heroin were found during a motor vehicle stop by state police Saturday night on Interstate 91 in Deerfield.Trooper Noah Pack of the Northampton barracks was on patrol at 5:05 p.m. when he stopped a black Ford Fusion for motor vehicle violations, state police said in a statement. Upon investigation, 591 bags of heroin and four ecstasy pills were discovered. The driver, Ryan Rivett, 22, of Bellow Falls, Vt., was issued a criminal complaint application and released.Passenger, Ashley Trevorrow, 26, Bellow Falls, Vt., told police the narcotics were hers. She was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a class A drug (heroin), possessing a class B drug (Ecstasy) and a warrant for failure to appear in Northampton District Court.Heroin is becoming an increasingly large problem in the Pioneer Valley. According to the Massachusetts State Police, there were 19 suspected heroin overdoses in Franklin and Hampshire counties since Nov. 1. By comparison, 16 people died from all varieties of overdoses in 2011, the last year for which state data is available.An Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force, an ad hoc coalition of regional agencies, social service professionals and government officials, was recently started for the area.