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Greenfield police: Heroin dealer says 'I just started dealing'

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Mug shot of Phillip Johnson, 26, of 84 Bayberry Ct., and the drugs he was allegedly caught with. Mug shot of Phillip Johnson, 26, of 84 Bayberry Ct., and the drugs he was allegedly caught with.
GREENFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Greenfield police confiscated nearly 30 bags of heroin, cash and a digital scale from an alleged drug dealer following a traffic stop Monday afternoon.

Officers were on traffic duty on Leydon Road just north of Murphy Park when they noticed a vehicle traveling north at a high rate of speed.

During a traffic stop the driver told police she was speeding because she "didn't know that the police would be there." Furthermore, police noticed that the driver's cell phone was placed in front of the speedometer and was playing a movie during the traffic stop, according to an arrest report.

When police asked for identification from the 26-year-old male passenger who was not using his seatbelt, he became extremely nervous and started rummaging through his backpack. While he was looking for his identification, the officers saw several bottles of medication, a scale, many small zip lock bags and paper consistent with heroin packaging, police said.

After an investigation, police found $150 cash, four suboxone strips, which are used to treat opiate addiction, lorazepam, diazepam and six bundles of heroin, police said.

The passenger, identified as Phillip Johnson, of 84 Bayberry Ct., stated to the investigating officer, "I just started dealing," according to the arrest report.

In total, police found Johnson in possession of 28 bags of heroin.

Johnson was charged with possession of a Class A drug, Class B drug and a Class C drug, all with intent to distribute, police said.

Bail was set by Clerk Magistrate Chaffee at $100, the arrest report indicated.

The driver of the vehicle was unaware Johnson was in possession of heroin, which was contained inside his backpack. She was issued a citation for multiple motor vehicle charges, police said.

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