Bennington woman faces drug charges

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BENNINGTON — A local woman has been arrested on multiple drug charges after police say they uncovered 152 bags of suspected heroin among other substances and paraphernalia during a home search on Friday.

Bennington police charged Stephanie Predel, 29, with possession of heroin and cocaine, sale of heroin and cocaine, sale of regulated drugs, possession of marijuana, as well as possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

She was detained at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield for lack of a $50,000 bond. She was scheduled to appear in Bennington Superior criminal court on Monday afternoon, according to a Bennington Police Department release.

Predel's arrest followed the execution of a search warrant at 136B Benmont Ave. around 10:30 p.m. Friday, the release states. Local police officers, assisted by state troopers, said they uncovered several types of illegal drugs at the residence: 152 bags of suspected heroin, 6 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 1.7 ounces of suspected marijuana, as well as prescription oxycodone and morphine pills.

The search also yielded $4,000 in cash, a Remington 16-gauge shotgun and a Beretta-style BB gun, according to the release. There also were prepaid store cards, several smartphones, scales, drug-packaging material, a ledger for drug sales and surveillance cameras.

There were three people at the residence when police conducted the search, including Predel and Kirk Allard, 33, a Bennington man. Allard was arrested and charged with violating his previous court-imposed conditions of release, Bennington police said. He was cited to appear in court at a still unspecified date.

Police searched the home after receiving reports of drug activity in the area of Benmont Avenue and Holden Street. An ensuing investigation revealed that the drug sales were coming from 136B Benmont Ave.



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