BENNINGTON, V.T. (NEWS10) – Officials say a traffic stop has led to the arrest of three men for possession and alleged sale of heroin.
Police say Richard Bynum was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant and was found to be in possession of two bundles of heroin and two small bags of cocaine base. Police say Bynum cooperated with them and said the heroin came from two males out of Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Bennington Police learned the two males were staying at the Southgate Motel on Route 7 in Bennington.
They were located at a convenience store on South Street and taken into custody. The males were identified as Juan Martori and Robert Morales, both of Springfield, Massachusetts.
They were found to be in possession of approximately $5,000 in cash between the two of them. Search warrants were executed on the vehicle they were operating and the room they were staying in at the Southgate Motel. That’s where Bennington Police located approximately 690 bags of suspected heroin stamped “HARD TIMES,” the same marking that was on the bags of heroin Bynum possessed.
Both Martori and Morales have previous drug convictions in the State of Massachusetts. Their bail was set at $100,000 each. Martori and Morales were remanded to Marble Valley Correctional Facility and will appear in Bennington Superior Court on Thursday.
Bynum was remanded to Marble Valley Correctional Facility where he will be held for federal law enforcement authorities.
Members of the Bennington Police Department worked into the late evening following up on this investigation. To date, this is the largest seizure of heroin in the Town of Bennington. Members of the Bennington Police Department continue to work diligently toward mitigating the growing heroin and opiate epidemic in Vermont.