BARRE — Police say a Tunbridge woman sold heroin that later killed someone.
Shannon C. Barry, 32, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of selling a regulated drug with death resulting. If convicted, Barry faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. She was ordered held at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington on $15,000 bail.
Detective James Pontbriand, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a possible overdose was reported on Lawrence Avenue on June 24. Pontbriand said officers responded and were told by someone at the scene to hurry because it “did not look good.” He said inside police found Heather Larocque, 29, lying on a couch with her legs hanging over the side as if she had been sitting up before falling over.
Pontbriand said Larocque was given two doses of Narcan and officers performed CPR until an ambulance arrived on scene to try and save the woman’s life. He said she was later pronounced dead.
Pontbriand said he spoke to a witness at the scene who reported he had picked Larocque up around noon and she was excited to get some time away from her 10-month-old child. The witness told Pontbriand he and Larocque used heroin and when he woke up she was unresponsive.
He said an autopsy reported showed Larocque had died due to an overdose of heroin and fentanyl and she had also snorted some heroin. Pontbriand said Larocque’s phone showed she was talking with someone just prior to her death and the conversation appeared to be about Larocque getting drugs. He said police later learned Larocque had been communicating with Barry.
He said the conversation shows the two talking all the way up until the transaction takes place at the Dollar Store in Williamstown with Barry saying she could see the vehicle Larocque was in.
Pontbriand said police located Barry Wednesday in Chelsea and she admitted to meeting up with Larocque the day Larocque died. Barry also admitted to selling 13 bags of heroin to Larocque.
Pontbriand said he asked Barry if she had ever supplied Larocque with heroin before and she told him she had, two weeks prior to the overdose.