3 arrested on heroin charges after traffic stop on I-91

Daniel Garcia, Christopher Haskins, and Melissa Withington charged with heroin trafficking

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Evidence seized from Daniel Garcia's car following a traffic stop on I-91 in Greenfield on May 3, 2016. Image Courtesy: Massachusetts State Police

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A missing license plate light led state police to the arrest of two men and one woman on heroin trafficking and other charges early Tuesday morning.

According to State Police Media Relations, Daniel Garcia, 38, of Florence, Vermont, Christopher Haskins, 23, of Rutland, Vermont, and Melissa Withington, 31, of Florence, Vermont were all arrested in the traffic stop on Interstate 91 in Greenfield.

At around 12:30, a patrolling trooper noticed Garcia’s car traveling northbound through Greenfield without a license plate light. The trooper pulled him over, and discovered that Garcia had a suspended license. After Garcia was removed from the car, the trooper spoke with Haskins and Withington, who were his passengers.

On the car’s back seat, state police say that the trooper saw a white, rock like substance that he believed to be heroin. Other “narcotics paraphernalia” were also found on the back seat.

All three were arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate the drug law, and being present where heroin is kept. Garcia faces additional charges for driving without a license and a number plate violation.

The three were scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Greenfield District Court.

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