BENNINGTON — A Harvard Street man told police he quit his job at a local factory so he could sell heroin to support his own drug habit.
Kirk H. Allard, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to a felony count of trafficking heroin transported into the state, and misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended license, and violating release conditions. He's being held for lack of $10,000 bail at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland. Should he post bail, he'll be required to reside in Bennington County, among other conditions.
According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Sean Reilly, on Monday shortly after noon, he stopped a vehicle traveling north on Route 7 in Pownal for having a GPS device on its windshield and its license plate partly obstructed by a bracket.
Reilly had been informed by another trooper that the driver of the car, Allard, was suspected of being a heroin user and trafficker. Reilly said that Allard appeared unusually nervous and that inside the car were small rubber bands typically used to hold heroin bundles together.
Allard's license to drive was criminally suspended. He denied using heroin and said there should be no evidence of heroin use in the vehicle. He did not give police permission to search the vehicle, saying he did not know what was in it. He said the car was borrowed, which is why he could not produce a registration or insurance.
Allard was arrested for driving with a suspended license. The vehicle was towed to the VSP barracks in Shaftsbury where Trooper Wayne Godfrey and his dog, Tarawa, searched it. The dog indicated there were drugs in the car, and police searched it, turning up 177 bags of heroin.
When questioned by police at the barracks, Allard said he regularly goes to Massachusetts to purchase heroin because it's cheaper there than in Vermont. He buys it there both for his personal use and to sell. He said he quit his job at NSK Steering Systems so he could deal heroin full-time and better support his own addiction.
— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115