BARRE — Police say they found 50 bags of heroin on a Massachusetts man who overdosed on a Barre sidewalk Friday.

Forrest Mitchell, 27, of Springfield, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of heroin possession. If convicted, Mitchell faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He was released after posting $25,000 bail through a bail bondsman.

Officer David R. Wallant, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a suspected overdose was reported Friday night on Summer Street. Wallant said he found a male, later identified as Mitchell, unconscious on the sidewalk. He said he gave Mitchell a sternum rub to see if Mitchell would respond and in doing so a plastic baggie fell out of Mitchell’s pocket.

He said Mitchell came to after he was given a dose of Narcan. Wallant said the baggie contained five bundles of suspected heroin.

Cpl. Jonathan Houle, also of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit he was contacted about the overdose and was told Mitchell was slumped over a railing. Houle said he was sent pictures of the baggie and its contents. Houle said he looked at the pictures and identified them as the kind typically used to store heroin. He said there were 50 bags of heroin in total.

He said Mitchell was taken to Central Vermont Medical Center for treatment.

Houle said he spoke with Mitchell who didn’t have ID on him, but gave him his name and said he was from Springfield. He told Houle he had been arrested in the past on weapons charges, according to court records. Houle said he contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and they identified Mitchell.

Houle said the bags were not field tested because some were labeled with “venom” and he was told by the ATF they likely contained strong heroin and potentially fentanyl.


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