NEWPORT — Police say they were called to assist ambulance services after a 20-year-old man from Albany was found unresponsive in a car that was stopped partially in the travel lane on Vermont Route 105 in North Troy on Christmas Eve.
The man was found at the time in possession of white glassine packets stamped “Hollywood.”
The incident happened at around 10:45 a.m., when Jesse Breault, 20, was found unresponsive seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle when emergency services arrived. He was transported to North Country Hospital by ambulance.
Newport Police Officer Richard Wells also responded to the hospital to assist in the investigation.
On Friday, police say Breault was cited for DUI and possession of narcotics after test results from the packets came back positive for Fentanyl.
Officials have said that heroin laced with Fentanyl, specifically that labeled as “Hollywood,” has caused numerous overdose deaths across New England.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller, and the discovery of this batch of heroin has officials in northern Vermont concerned.
Separate Heroin Arrest in Derby
In a separate and unrelated incident that took place the day after Christmas, U.S Border Patrol stopped a suspicious vehicle on the Crawford Road in Derby. They requested the Vermont State Police to assist, and a search of the vehicle found heroin and Suboxone.
The two occupants in the vehicle, Shawn Gardner, 30, and Laura Brasseur, 28, were cited for possession of narcotics.
Police say that Gardner was also issued a civil violation for possession of marijuana.