Narcotics Arrest – Willington
This article was published on: 03/7/16 3:12 PM by Curt
On March 5, 2016 at approximately 3:20 pm, Trooper Kyle Kaelberger observed a black SUV traveling eastbound on I-84 failing to maintain its lane. Trooper Kaelberger observed the vehicle exit the highway via exit 71 in Willington and fail to come to a proper stop at the stop sign at the end of the ramp. A traffic stop was then conducted for motor vehicle violations.
The driver of vehicle was identified as Rhiannon Welch, 38, of Brunswick, Maine and the passenger was identified as Wesley St. Pierre, 34, of Kittery Point, Maine. After speaking with the occupants, probable cause to search the vehicle was obtained and consent to search was given by Welch. Troopers located numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle.
Further searching resulted in a large amount of suspected methamphetamine located within the vehicle. State Police K-9, “Captain”, and his handler Trooper First Class Stankosky of Troop H then arrived on scene and assisted with the search. With the help of Captain, several thousands of dollars were located in pieces of luggage, suspected to be profits from narcotic sales.
In total, approximately a 1/2 ounce of suspected methamphetamine was located in the vehicle, along with a substantial amount of prescription medication, marijuana, paraphernalia and packaging materials indicative of narcotic sales. Troopers also located a locked safe in the vehicle and will be applying for a search warrant to open it as the investigation continues.
Troopers then transported Welch and St. Pierre to the Tolland Barracks where they were processed. During processing, St. Pierre was discovered to be in procession of a credit card that did not belong to him. Both were subsequently held on $200,000 bonds and are to due to appear at Rockville District Court on March 7, 2016.