BENNINGTON >> Two Woodford residents have been charged by police with possession of heroin and transportation of heroin into Vermont, after police said they found 98 bags of heroin, and drug paraphernalia, in the car in which they were traveling west on Route 9 on Thursday, according to a release from the Vermont State Police.

Vermont State Police reported that around 9:30 p.m., troopers from the Shaftsbury barracks stopped the vehicle the two were traveling in for "a defective equipment and moving violation."

The operator was identified as Nicole Bishop, 26, of Woodford. The passenger was identified as Richard Martin, 30, of Woodford.

During the traffic stop, troopers observed several drug indicators, which led them to believe drugs were in the vehicle. Troopers gained consent to search the vehicle. During the search, Troopers located 98 bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to the press release.

The troopers' investigation revealed that Bishop and Martin were trafficking the heroin from New Jersey to Bennington, police said.

Bishop was also found to be violating her court ordered conditions of release for other pending drug charges involving the sale of narcotics, according to police.


Bishop and Martin were taken into custody and transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing. At the conclusion of processing, Bishop and Martin were released with a citation ordering them to appear in the Bennington County Superior Court/ Criminal Division on Monday to answer to charges.

~ Staff Report