WILTON -- A traffic stop last week in Wilton led to the discovery of fentanyl, along with 30 bricks of heroin that appeared to be wrapped in lottery ticket forms, state police said.
All the drugs were found inside a locked safe carried inside the car, state police said.
The stop also led to the arrest of two people from Vermont, initially on misdemeanors then, upon their return to court Tuesday, on felony drug charges, police said.
Troopers stopped the vehicle just before 7 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 87 in Wilton. The trooper who made the stop spotted numerous hypodermic needles inside the vehicle; a search of the car revealed drug paraphernalia with narcotic residue, state police said.
Troopers then charged the occupants of the vehicle, Sue E. Hutting, 61, of New Haven, Vt., and Brittany N. Grover, 35, of Salisbury, Vt., with misdemeanor controlled substance possession and hypodermic instrument possession. They were processed and released to appear in court Tuesday, state police said.
But the search of the vehicle also uncovered the safe, which police suspected contained illegal drugs, they said.
Troopers got a search warrant for the safe and found 104 grams of fentanyl and 30 bricks of heroin that weighed approximately 45 grams (about a tenth of a pound), they said. The bricks contained the equivalent of about 1,500 bags of heroin, police said. Photos released of the find also appeared to show the bricks each wrapped in unused Mega Millions pick forms.
Both Hutting and Grover appeared in Wilton Town Court Tuesday on their initial misdemeanor cases, but were then charged in relation to the drugs in the safe.
Hutting and Grover were each charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two of the counts accusing them of intending to sell the drugs, state police said.
The two were arraigned on the new charges and were released to return to court later.