Vt. residents facing drug charges following Bernardston traffic stop

By DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer

Published: 02-25-2021 5:55 PM

BERNARDSTON — Two residents of Eden Mills, Vt. are facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 91 shortly before midnight on Monday revealed 106 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 27 grams of suspected fentanyl in the vehicle they were traveling in.

According to a Massachusetts State Police press release, Trooper Adam D. Couture of the Shelburne Falls barracks was on patrol on Interstate 91 northbound in Bernardston when he observed a silver Toyota SUV with a defective exhaust and a defective license plate light.

Aaron Lambert, 42, of Eden Mills, Vt., was driving the Toyota, but without a valid driver’s license. The passenger, Shelby Adams, 26, of Eden Mills, Vt., also did not have an active driver’s license, so Couture requested the vehicle be towed.

After more troopers arrived, they searched the vehicle and discovered a taped plastic package with a large amount of a substance suspected to be crack cocaine. According to the release, troopers also found a bag containing approximately 56 small baggies of a substance suspected to be fentanyl, an additional container with more suspected crack cocaine and paraphernalia commonly used in the consumption of illegal narcotics.

The release states Adams was arrested and taken to the State Police barracks in Shelburne Falls for booking, while Lambert was issued a citation and allowed to leave the scene.

Adams is being charged with trafficking in a Class B drug above 100 grams and less than 200 grams, trafficking in a Class A drug more than 18 grams and less than 36 grams, and conspiracy to violate drug law. According to court documents, she pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Tuesday and was released on personal recognizance. She will return to court for a bind over hearing on April 27.

According to the police narrative in court documents, Lambert was informed he would receive a summons to answer to charges of trafficking in a Class B drug above 100 grams and less than 200 grams, trafficking in a Class A drug more than 18 grams and less than 36 grams, conspiracy to violate drug law, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a lights violation and a miscellaneous equipment violation (for the defective exhaust).

Lambert allegedly told Couture he barely knows Adams, who he said simply needed a ride to Woburn, the court documents detail. Lambert said he waited in the car while Adams met with a drug dealer. He said he and Adams were on their way back to Vermont when they were stopped.

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