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Vt. men charged with heroin trafficking

BERNARDSTON — Two Brattleboro, Vt., men were arrested Tuesday night near the state border on Interstate 91 on drug trafficking charges after a state trooper found 550 bags of heroin in their vehicle.

Travis Haskins, 22, of 1416 Upper Dummerston Road, and Xavier Carter, 20, of 138 A Elliot St., were driving northbound in a tan 1999 Ford Explorer at 6:45 p.m. Haskins was allegedly speeding in the left lane and made an abrupt lane change when State Trooper Michael McNally pulled behind the vehicle at the mile 52 marker in Bernardston.

According to McNally’s police report, he observed a digital scale in the glove compartment. Carter couldn’t keep his eyes open or his head from bobbing and had “pinpoint pupils,” wrote McNally — all clues that led him to believe there were drugs in the car.

Haskins did not have an active motor vehicle license and Carter had a warrant for his arrest for motor vehicle offenses.

When McNally searched the men, he found two bundles of heroin, about 20 bags, as well as less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

The vehicle was then searched. Police found an iPhone case on the floor that had 150 yellow wax bags of heroin, and 400 more bags were found under the back seat.

The heroin, when inspected at the Shelburne State Police barracks, weighed 227 grams, wrote McNally in the report.

Carter and Haskins were both arraigned in Greenfield District Court and charged with trafficking heroin and conspiracy to violate the drug law. Carter was released on $1,000 bail and Haskins on $500 bail.

They received additional citations for possession of marijuana and motor vehicle violations.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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