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Addiction in Franklin County

Bernardston traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

BERNARDSTON — A Greenfield man was arrested on drug charges after a Thanksgiving traffic stop.

Kyle Lovett, 29, of 14 Francis St., pleaded innocent to a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, speeding and following a vehicle too closely on Friday in Greenfield District Court.

Lovett was pulled over at about 6 p.m Thursday, after he sped up to and passed a state trooper on Interstate 91 north, hitting speeds more than 80 mph, according to an arrest report by trooper Michael McNally.

Lovett was stopped as he exited the highway onto Route 10 in Bernardston.

When the trooper spoke to Lovett, he noticed purple, scabbed-over track marks on both of the driver’s hands, McNally wrote. He also saw several hypodermic syringes in the vehicle’s open glove box, according to the report.

The trooper said that Lovett told him he had been clean for months and had cut his hands washing dishes. However, his constricted pupils led the trooper to believe he had used heroin recently, McNally wrote.

The driver eventually admitted to having “a few bags” of heroin in the vehicle’s center console, and McNally found eight wax-paper packets of the drug inside a cigarette pack there, he wrote.

McNally said Lovett’s phone rang several times during the vehicle search. McNally eventually decided to answer the ringing phone, he wrote.

“I answered, and asked the caller if he needed anything,” McNally wrote. “He said he needed ‘a bun.’”

“Bun” is short for bundle, or 10 bags of heroin, wrote McNally, more than was discovered in the car. After the call, the trooper asked Lovett if he had any more heroin and reminded him that he would be strip-searched at the barracks.

The driver then began to cry, McNally wrote, said he had ‘a bun’ in his groin area, and retrieved another 10 bags of heroin, which he gave to McNally.

Lovett was released on $250 cash bail and is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 16 for a pretrial conference.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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