Police arrest 2 on weapons, drug charges following traffic stop in Bernardston

BERNARDSTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Two people were arrested on weapons and drug charges Saturday after a traffic stop in Greenfield uncovered crack cocaine, fentanyl, prescription pills, and an illegal handgun, police said.

Troopers patrolling Route 91 in the early morning hours noticed a 2002 BMW sedan with a defective license plate lamp and a loud exhaust, and as they followed the BMW, also noticed the driver was having trouble staying in their lane, according to state police.

After pulling the car over and approaching the vehicle, police say they noticed the operator, Steven Hull, 50, and passenger Jennifer Sasso, 51, both of Brattleboro, Vt., moving around strangely while seated.

Police also say they observed paraphernalia commonly used in the consumption of crack cocaine along with packaging materials commonly used in the sale of illegal narcotics.

While speaking to Hull and Sasso, police determined that there was a loaded handgun in the vehicle and that neither were licensed to possess a firearm.

A search of the vehicle allegedly yielded 34 grams of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and fentanyl along with numerous prescription pills, more than $1,400 in cash, additional drug paraphernalia, a Hi-Point 9mm pistol, and eight rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Hull and Sasso were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court.

In addition to motor vehicle violations, Hull is charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in fentanyl, conspiracy to violate drug laws, felon in possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possession of a Class B drug, possession of a Class A drug, and
possession of a Class E drug.

Sasso is charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in fentanyl, possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a Class B drug, and
possession of a Class E drug.

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