Shoplifting Stop Leads to Bust for 100 Bags of Heroin

Police found more than 100 bags of heroin while arresting two city residents for allegedly shoplifting from the Cumberland Farms in North Adams, Massachusetts, last week. Officers initially responded to the report of shoplifting at Cumberland Farms and after receiving descriptions of the suspects, officers located two people matching those characteristics walking on Main Street.

Daryl Boutin, 24, and Tenisha Bessette, 23, were each in possession of heroin, according to the criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Stephanie Mirante. Boutin was allegedly in possession of stolen candy, 85 bags of heroin packed inside of a cigarette container and 10 more in his pants pocket. When police searched Bessette, they found her in possession of stolen candy. As they placed her in the rear of a police cruiser, she allegedly attempted to discard a bag that contained 23 bags of heroin.

Surveillance video from the convenience store showed that Bessette was the only person to shoplift the items, according to police.Boutin and Bessette were each arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday. Boutin, of West Main Street, was released on personal recognizance by Judge William Rota after pleading not guilty to a single count of possession to distribute a class A drug. He is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on March 4. Bessette, of Harris Street, pleaded not guilty to single counts of shoplifting by asportation and class A drug possession. She was also released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on March 22 for a pretrial hearing.   [Source: The Berkshire Eagle]

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