Two Brattleboro residents arrested on cocaine charges after traffic stop

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BRATTLEBORO — A routine traffic stop on Putney Road led to the arrest of two local residents for cocaine possession on March 15.

At approximately 12:04 p.m., a Vermont State Police trooper from the Westminster Barracks pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation.

The driver, identified as 39-year-old Justin Hale of Brattleboro, was discovered to have an active out-of-state warrant for his arrest.

During the investigation, both Hale and his passenger, 24-year-old Tessa Scott, also from Brattleboro, were found to be in possession of cocaine.

They were arrested without incident and taken to the Westminster Barracks for processing.

Hale, who now faces a charge of being a fugitive from justice in addition to cocaine possession, was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility on a $5,000 bail.

He is scheduled to appear before the Windham County Superior Court on March 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Scott was released with a citation and is due to appear before the same court on April 30 at 8:30 a.m. for her charge of cocaine possession.

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