Traffic Stop in Bernardston Leads to Discovery of Trafficking Weight of Heroin; One Flees on Foot, One Arrested

Early yesterday morning, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Trooper Scott Bouttell, who is assigned to the State Police Shelburne Falls Barracks, was patrolling I-91 northbound when a registration query revealed the registered owner of a 2017 Toyota Camry travelling ahead of him, had a suspended driver’s license. Trooper Boutell subsequently stopped the vehicle on I-91 northbound, just north of Exit 28 in Bernardston for motor vehicle violations.

The driver was identified as JULIETTE E. RENAULT, 20, of Florence. The male passenger, after providing false identification, subsequently fled the traffic stop on foot, by running across the highway, through the median and across the southbound lanes nearly being struck by a passing vehicle, and then into the woods, was identified as LAKEAM A. BENNETT, 27, of Holyoke. It was later learned that BENNETT currently has five active warrants for his arrest from two different courts; Holyoke and Springfield. A K9 responded to the scene to assist in searching for BENNETT who fled into the woods, to no avail.

During a brief investigation, approximately 50 grams (2,502 bags) of heroin was located in the vehicle. A warrant request was filed in Greenfield District Court, charging BENNETT with the following offenses;

1.            Fail to wear seat belt
2.            Trafficking in Heroin
3.            Conspiracy to violate drug laws
4.            Resisting arrest
5.            Disorderly conduct

RENAULT was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Shelburne Falls Barracks for booking. RENAULT was charged with the following;

1.            Speeding
2.            Trafficking in Heroin
3.            Conspiracy to violate drug laws

RENAULT was held on $1,500 bail and transported to the Franklin County House of Correction to await arraignment in Greenfield District Court.

No further information is available. Do not contact the barracks directly.