Fugitive implicated in recent Lebanon heroin overdose arrested in Vermont
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A 21-year-old woman who fled North Carolina to join her wife in the Upper Valley has been charged with trafficking fentanyl in connection with a recent heroin overdose that sent a Lebanon, New Hampshire man to the hospital..
Honestie Henley was released from jail in North Carolina in January but she failed to show up for her probation obligations there and instead came north where she was working various jobs in Lebanon and staying in motels on the Vermont side of the river, according to authorities.
On Thursday afternoon Hensley was brought into a courtroom in White River Junction where she pleaded innocent to two felony counts of conspiracy to traffick fentanyl, a felony count of dispensing heroin and accompanying misdemeanor counts of providing a false name to law enforcement and possession of narcotics. All together Hensley faces a maximum potential penalty of up to 60 years in prison on the Vermont charges alone, if she were to be convicted.
Hensley was ordered held for lack of $75,000 bail after prosecutors said they wanted to be able to deal with her charges in Vermont before turning her over to North Carolina authorities who issued a nationwide warrant for her arrest at the beginning of this year.
Vermont State Police said that on Wednesday when troopers and officers from Hartford zeroed in on Hensley at a motel in Ascutney where she had been staying in recent days with several roommates she initially claimed she was "Jade Stewart." After positively identifying Hensley with the aid of her collection of tattoos and piercings, troopers arrested her and transported her to a holding cell where they said it was discovered that she'd hidden a baggy containing nearly two grams of fentanyl in a body cavity.
Lebanon Police detectives had enlisted Hartford's help in tracking down "Jade Stewart" following an overdose in West Lebanon this past weekend in which a local man had to be revived using Narcan. He told police he'd purchased a hundred dollar's worth of heroin at a motel in White River Junction from a woman with dreadlocks using that name, according to an affidavit filed with the court.
Hartford Police said they had contact with "Stewart" and other adults in a motel room in their town earlier this week and, although they were not aware at the time she was using a fake name, they ended up issuing her a citation to appear in court on the same day that she ended up getting arrested by state police.
During that initial investigation in White River Junction, police noted that one of the occupants of the motel room was a 10-year-old boy. They wrote in their report that they seized hypodermic needles and melted plastic straws filled with fentanyl which had been left in plain sight, and within reach, of the bed where the youth was sleeping.
Honestie Hensley, 21, is facing multiple felony heroin and fentanyl trafficking charges
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