By GRACE BIRD
Published: 6/3/2019 3:21:08 PM
DEERFIELD — Two men were arraigned in separate cases Friday in Greenfield District Court for intending to deal heroin and other drugs after being stopped in vehicles by State Police on I-91 in Deerfield. Others in the vehicles also face drug charges.
According to State Police, driver Zachary Rutledge, 22, and three passengers in their 20s and 30s, were caught possessing heroin and crack cocaine by Trooper Michael Leslie on May 14 at 4:40 a.m.
Leslie noticed the vehicle was behaving in an unusual manner, flashing its headlights more than seven times, a police report stated. He then followed it for three miles before turning on emergency lights, during which time the car made more than 10 traffic violations including crossing the white dotted line for an extended period.
The four people in the vehicle were Rutledge of Shrewbury, Vermont; Daiquan Middleton, 23, of New York City; Emily Chambers, 22, of Springfield, Vermont; and Dana LeClair, 30, of Hanover, New Hampshire.
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While the four told Leslie that they were traveling to visit Rutledge’s ill mother, the two back-seat passengers, Middleton and LeClair, had met Rutledge and Chambers earlier that night, the report stated.
The report notes the following drugs were found in the vehicle: $5,000 worth of cocaine, $400 of suboxone, $240 of heroin and two crack pipes.
All four parties were charged with multiple drug crimes, among them possessing heroin and suboxone, possessing and intending to distribute crack cocaine, as well as conspiring to violate drug law.
Rutledge, who was arraigned Friday, was also issued three charges related to unsafe or unlawful driving.
Rutledge was informed he would be summoned to court at a later date and permitted to drive away, while the passengers were transported to Greenfield District Court. He will appear in court again July 25 for a pre-trial conference.
James Nestor, 51, of Wardsboro, Vermont, was also arraigned for carrying and intending to distribute drugs Friday while traveling on I-91 near Deerfield, according to police.
The report states Nestor was a passenger while another man, Justin Grover, was the driver. After the two were reluctant to give their identities to State Police Trooper Robert Berrena, they were pat-frisked. Eventually, police searched the car and found 10 grams or 400 units of off-white powder — allegedly heroin — plus three smoking devices, the report states.
Nestor and Grover were both charged with possessing and intending to distribute heroin or fentanyl, carrying crack pipes and conspiring to violate drug law. Grover will be summoned to court at a later date, the police report states.
Nestor was released on bail and is scheduled to attend a pre-trial conference June 28.
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