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Vt. trio charged in 300-bag heroin bust

Trooper makes arrests during Route 5 traffic stop

BERNARDSTON — A highway heroin bust resulted in charges against a father and son, and a third man, all from Springfield, Vt.

The driver’s throbbing carotid artery, shaky hands, and refusal to make eye contact quickly led state police trooper Michael McNally to believe there was more to the traffic stop than a loud muffler and an obscured license plate, he said.

Their failure to come up with a plausible story Wednesday night only furthered his suspicions. He said they told him they were coming from Northampton, where they were looking at a car for sale, but could not tell him what kind of car it was, where they saw it, or if it was at a dealership or private seller.

McNally said all three had extremely constricted pupils, a sign of recent opiate use.

When the rear passenger continually interrupted the driver as McNally questioned him, the trooper said, he decided to split them up.

When he got driver David Farnsworth alone, he told the trooper that his son and his other passenger had concealed heroin in their body cavities, according to McNally.

McNally said the two men each had 100 bags of heroin inside them, and another 100 bags were found in a Doritos bag in the truck. He said two of the men cooperated and were issued summonses, while the third did not cooperate and was arrested.

Michael Farnsworth, the driver’s son, was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

David Farnsworth, 58, will be summoned to court on charges of knowingly being present where heroin is kept, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and having a defective exhaust and obscured license plate.

Charles Wolfenbarger, 24, will be summoned to court on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

McNally said the 100 bags of heroin found in the truck were branded “Call of Duty,” which is the name of a popular military-themed video game. McNally said he has seen the brand in previous arrests, with Holyoke given as the source.

(Editor’s note: A headline had been changed from an earlier verson of this story)

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