Improper lights, handwritten license plate lead to finding 3,100 bags of heroin in cereal box

B2 Boutell Trafficking
Massachusetts State Police

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WLNE) – Massachusetts State Police announced Thursday that two men were arrested after a search of their car revealed a cereal box filled with 3,100 bags of heroin.

A Massachusetts State Trooper was working out of the Shelburne Falls Barracks at 12:30 a.m. Friday, July 16 when he saw a black Subaru with improper auxiliary lights, and a handwritten temporary license plate.

After being pulled over, the driver gave the Trooper an expired Vermont license. When he was questioned about the license, the driver could not provide a title or bill of sale, but said the vehicle was properly registered.

The passenger provided his license.

The Trooper found that the driver’s license was both expired and suspended, and was not able to find registration for the vehicle.

The Trooper then removed the driver from the vehicle, and according to police, officers found a baggie in his pocket that appeared to contain crystal methamphetamine. He was placed under arrest.

A search of the car revealed a used syringe in the passenger door pocket, a box cutter, a purse containing two bundles of heroin, a small white baggie containing “a substance consistent with fentanyl,” a glass pipe, and a cereal box with 3,100 bags of heroin and a bag of cocaine inside.

The passenger of the car was taken to the hospital because of pre-existing medical conditions, according to police.

The driver was identified as Justin Butchino, 31. The passenger was identified as Justin Gilliam, 36, both of Springfield, Vermont.

Butchino faces the following charges:

  • Possess Class A Drugs (Heroin from Pocket);
  • Trafficking in Class A Drugs (Heroin/Fentanyl);
  • Trafficking in Class B Drugs (Cocaine);
  • Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law;
  • Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Suspended in VT); and
  • Misuse of Auxiliary lights.

Gilliam faces the following charges:

  • Trafficking in Class A Drugs (Heroin/Fentanyl);
  • Trafficking in Class B Drugs (Cocaine);
  • Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law; and
  • Possess Class B Drugs (Crystal Methamphetamine).
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