January 15, 2021


A Massachusetts State Police trooper discovered more than a kilogram of heroin after pulling over a car with a “very dark window tint” on Interstate 90 in Sturbridge over the weekend, authorities said.

Trooper Michael Baroni was parked near Exit 9 on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when he saw the black Volkswagen Jetta with the dark tint pass his location, according to a statement from state police.

State police said Baroni followed the car, ran its license plate and found the Jetta’s registration was revoked and the vehicle was uninsured. The trooper proceeded to activate his blue lights to stop the Volkswagen on the ramp to the Massachusetts Turnpike.

Baroni then approached the driver, later identified as 29-year-old Gianna Colussi, and learned there was an active warrant out for the Lawrence man’s arrest, at which point he was placed in handcuffs and escorted to the rear of the trooper’s cruiser, according to state police.

Before the Jetta was towed from the scene, troopers searched the car, and Baroni found a rectangular-shaped package in the trunk that contained roughly 1,100 grams of law enforcement believed to be heroin, authorities said.

Colussi was taken to the state police barracks in Sturbridge, where he was booked. A bail commissioner was contacted and set the man’s bail at $10,000, according to officials.

He is expected to be arraigned in Dudley District Court on charges of trafficking more than 200 grams of heroin, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, operating a car with a revoked registration and having an illegal window tint, state police said.


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