BRATTLEBORO >> A Bellows Falls woman appeared in court Wednesday for state charges for heroin and bath salt possession charges after being sentenced to four years in prison on federal charges for heroin.
Eugenia M. Emerson, 33, pleaded guilty to heroin possession and possession of bath salts. Her resulting sentence was 11 to 12 months to be served concurrently with her federal sentence. She will be in federal custody this Friday.
"The federal sentence reflects the seriousness of the offense (and) both the substantial amount of heroin and bath salts that was subject to those cases," said State attorney, David W. Gartenstein. "And we hope we don't see the defendant here again."
On Nov. 5, 2013, Emerson was charged with knowingly and unlawfully possessing 100 bags of heroin, well in excess of the minimum felony amount of 200 milligrams. State Trooper Ryan Wood, who pulled Emerson over on I-91 in Rockingham for speeding, said that she originally denied any knowledge of drugs being in her vehicle and stated that the drugs belonged a different individual. Ninety-four of the bags were located inside a false top Monster energy drink can and the other six were in the glove box.
Less than a year later, on Oct. 14, 2014, on I-91 in Weathersfield, Trooper Wood searched Emerson's vehicle and found almost 90 grams of bath salts. Wood stated in the affidavit that he knew Emerson to have two prior traffic stops where she had operated a vehicle that contained "large" amounts of drugs. Wood also noted that her passenger and husband, Jesse Emerson, stated that he was returning from Lebanon, N.H., and Wood said that "through professional law enforcement contact I have learned that J. Emerson has a contact in Plainfield, N.H., that is supplying him with bulk quantities of illegal bath salts." Plainfield is south of Lebanon.
Emerson was originally pulled over because her vehicle did not have a Vermont state inspection sticker on the front windshield nor on the rear registration plate.
"I brought into Eugenia Emerson's car a black soft case," stated Jesse J. Emerson in an affidavit. "In that case was a substance called, 'Bath Salt.' I brought this into her car without her knowledge of what the case contained. I take ownership for the case and its content."
The change of plea case on Wednesday was a combination of the Windsor case regarding the bath salts and the Windham case for possession of heroin.
In addition, on March 21, Emerson and her husband were sentenced in federal court to more than four years each on charges they distributed synthetic drugs purchased from manufacturers in China. The pair were also sentenced for heroin offenses. Eugenia Emerson was sentenced to 49 months in prison and three years of supervised release based on her conviction of conspiracy to distribute a-PVP and possession with intent to distribute heroin.
According to court records, on Feb. 1, 2014, the Vermont State Police stopped Eugenia Emerson on Interstate 91 as she was returning from picking up heroin in Hartford, Conn. Emerson was traveling with her two minor children at the time of the car stop. Troopers conducted a consent search of the vehicle, finding approximately 690 bags of heroin hidden under a seat.
Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 275.