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Three arrested on heroin charges in Amherst


Staff Writer
Published: 6/14/2019 11:13:27 AM
Modified: 6/14/2019 11:13:15 AM

AMHERST — Three people in possession of heroin at an apartment complex in the East Amherst village center were arrested Thursday night, a short time after the town’s public safety personnel responded to two suspected heroin overdoses, according to Amherst Police.

Officers went to Colonial Village at 81 Belchertown Road at around 9:40 p.m., where they found a vehicle with Vermont plates whose occupants were allegedly involved in drug activity and may have been connected to the earlier overdoses, Amherst Detective Marcus Humber said. 

Those overdose incidents occurred at Riverside Park Apartments in North Amherst and at the Amherst Motel on Route 9, Humber said.

When police located the vehicle, the female driver, identified as Krystal M.L. Nadeau, 34, of Vernon, Vermont, had the door open and was vomiting, but told police she was otherwise OK, according to police. 

Nadeau, as well as vehicle occupants Joshua Ting MacDonald, 27, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, and Alaa Mohammad, 25, of 497 East Pleasant St. Apartment 185, were all arrested on charges of possession of heroin, Humber said.

Several packets of heroin, each marked with a red skull and labeled Head Games, were discovered in their possession, Humber said. Officers deployed K9 Marvin to detect the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

MacDonald was also arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer after he refused to cooperate and began kicking officers, and also took one officer to the ground as he was being placed under arrest. 

In addition to the packets of heroin, other drug paraphernalia was seized from the vehicle, including needles. A knife also was confiscated.

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