NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Northampton’s Director of Solid Waste has been arraigned on drug charges.
56-year-old Karen Bouquillon of Montgomery was arrested Sunday in Northampton on five counts of possession of a Class E susbstance, operating under the influence, possession of a firearm without an FID card, and several other charges.
Bouquillon is Northampton’s solid waste director.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Bouquillon’s arrest came Sunday night after officers responded to a report of an accident on Hatfield Street.
According to court papers and police records obtained by the paper, officers allegedly found several prescription drugs in her car, for which Bouquillon did not a prescription.
Bouquillon also reportedly had a can of pepper spray in the car, but does not hold a proper firearms identification card for the item.
The arrest occurred just one day after several area cities and towns participated in National Drug Take-Back Day. Mary Carey, spokesperson for Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, says that Bouquillon has worked at such days in the past, but has not yet been able to confirm whether Bouquillon was involved in this year’s event.
Bouquillon, who pleaded not guilty in court Monday, was released on her personal recognizance and is due back in court on June 7.