HAVERHILL — Two people were arrested by state police on Interstate 495 and charged with possession of heroin and about $2,000 worth of items police said they believe were shoplifted.

State police said Trooper Matthew Topping stopped his cruiser to assist the driver of a disabled Volkswagen Jetta in the southbound lane about 12:45 a.m.

While he was talking with the occupants of the vehicle, he said he saw drugs in plain sight. Upon further investigation, he found what he said he believed were items shoplifted from area stores, as well as bags lined with aluminum foil, used to trick stores' anti-shoplifting security systems.

Shaun Packer, 30, of Amesbury and Amanda Matranga, 29, of Stoneham were arrested and charged with larceny over $250 and possession of heroin.

The stolen items included tools and video games worth an estimated $2,000.

The two arrested people were arraigned yesterday in Haverhill District Court.

Packer is known to police and has an extensive criminal record, according to state police in the Newbury barracks, which handled the case.

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