Great Barrington Man, NY Couple Charged with Fentanyl Trafficking
The Great Barrington Police Department made three arrests in relation to an ongoing narcotics investigation last week.
Last Wednesday, Jan 27, officers conducted two motor vehicle stops in the early afternoon resulting in the arrest of Aaron Strampach, 34 of Great Barrington. Strampach was charged with distribution of a class A drug and trafficking a controlled substance of more than 36 grams. In addition, Joshua Breadline, 34, and Sherri Simmons, 29 both of Copake New York were arrested and charged with Possession of a Class A substance.
A large amount of cash and a substance believed to be mostly fentanyl were seized. Field analysis suggests it is trafficking weight. All three suspects were booked at the Great Barrington Police Department and released on their personal recognizance. They will be arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court next week.
In addition to the two traffic stops, officers executed a search warrant on a local hotel room and Strambach’s vehicle.
Lead Investigating Officer Christopher Peebles was assisted by Officer Andres Huertas and Officer Bradley Lupiani. Additional Officers that assisted in the arrest are Officer Tim Ullrich with K9 Titan, Officer Joe O’Brien, and Officer Elias Casey. The Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance in the investigation
According to a Facebook post from the department, Chief Storti said “I congratulate the officers in their great investigative work. We are happy to get these drugs off of our streets.” Chief Storti reminds the community that resources are available to those struggling with addiction. Anyone in need of help is encouraged to reach out to the Great Barrington Police where you will be connected to one of our partners who specialize in these services.
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