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WESTERLY — A 27-year-old woman is facing multiple drug charges after officers found her in possession of fentanyl, crack cocaine and prescription pills during a traffic stop, the police said.

Westerly police arrested the woman, Kailey J. Herbert, of 7 Valley Drive, Westerly, on Tuesday. She was charged with three counts of possession of narcotics and once count of delivery of a controlled substance. She was held overnight and was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court on Wednesday. She did not enter a plea during her initial appearance and was released after posting a $5,000 surety bond. She is due in Washington County Superior Court for a felony screening on Dec. 6., according to judicial records.

According to a police report, Herbert was a front seat passenger in a car that was stopped along Boiling Springs Avenue at about 6 p.m. Tuesday because it was noisy. The car lacked a proper exhaust pipe, the police said. Officers called for assistance from a K-9 with the Stonington Police Department because, they said, Herbert was acting nervous.

In a search outside the car, the dog took note of the front passenger seat area. Westerly officers searched Herbert's purse, which had been on the floor, and discovered drug paraphernalia, including four unopened syringes, seven used or open syringes, two pipes and other materials consistent with smoking crack cocaine, and a digital scale.

Police Chief Shawn Lacey said a female officer was called to conduct a search of Herbert. Officers found and seized two bags containing 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and a large bag containing 57 bundles of fentanyl totaling 11.4 grams. The police also found 7 Klonopin pills, 11 pills of the generic drug clonazepam, and four pills identified as Xanax.

Lacey said Herbert was charged without further incident. The driver was cited for a motor vehicle infraction for the lack of muffler and released, the police said.

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