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Addiction in Franklin County

Two arrested, syringes found in stolen car

GREENFIELD — Two Vermont men found themselves in handcuffs after police noticed the registration of the car they were in was expired.

State trooper Ryan Czepiel pulled a Dodge Caravan over on the Mohawk Trail at about 1:59 p.m. Sunday for the expired registration, and quickly found out the car had been reported stolen in Wilmington, Vt., hours earlier, according to his arrest report.

Driver Justin Perdue, 23, of Wilmington, Vt., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Monday to charges of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen property over $250, possession of heroin, driving without a license and driving an unregistered motor vehicle.

His passenger, Charles Cassell, pleaded innocent Monday to receiving a stolen motor vehicle and receiving stolen property over $250.

When he approached the car, the trooper saw its passenger, Cassell, take something from his pocket and drop it between the passenger’s seat and door, he wrote.

Czepiel then ordered both Cassell and Perdue out of the vehicle and detained them, before finding out the car had been reported stolen, he wrote.

The two were arrested and the minivan was towed to the State Police barracks in Shelburne to be searched.

Inside Perdue’s wallet, police found two wax bags of heroin along with $481, Czepiel wrote.

In the vehicle, police found three syringes, a metal spoon and two cigarette lighters between the passenger’s seat and floor, according to Czepiel. Also in the van were several tools and auto parts.

The van’s owner had said that $2,562 in tools and parts were in the vehicle when it was stolen. Czepiel wrote that most of the items were accounted for, but wrote that he could not be sure.

Perdue and Cassell were each held on $500 bail, and are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9 for pretrial conferences.

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