Two Northampton women face drug, burglary and receiving stolen property charges

Last modified: Tuesday, May 06, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — Two Northampton women were ordered held on bail after police allegedly found them with drugs, burglary tools and an assortment of stolen items in a car early Monday morning.

GPS devices, car stereos and hospital identifications were some of the items recovered, police said.

Tonya Tessier, 32, and Amy L. Lamson, 40, each of whom lists her address as 43 Center St., the Interfaith Cot Shelter, were arrested after police discovered them in a parked car at Sheldon Field about 1:55 a.m.

Tessier pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Monday to charges of being present where heroin is kept, possession of a Class B drug (methylphenidate), possession a burglary tools, two counts of receiving stolen property over $250 and 10 counts of receiving stolen property under $250.

Lamson also appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of a Class A drug (heroin), possession of burglary tools, one count of receiving stolen property over $250 and 10 counts of receiving stolen property under $250.

Tessier and Lamson were ordered held on $5,000 and $2,500 bail, respectively, by Judge W. Michael Goggins.

According to police, officers on patrol spotted the vehicle and investigated because the field being closed to visitors after dark.

Police said they spotted the women in the car and Lamson had an uncapped syringe in her lap, prompting a search. Police said they found 30 bags of what appeared to be heroin.

Police said they also found a necklace with an attached copper wire fashioned into a lock pick, plastic gloves, a pry bar and other tools.

Inside a canvas bag in the car police also found GPS devices, computer parts, earrings, a hospital-grade thermometer, keys, scrap metal, silver dinnerware, car stereo equipment, a Blu-ray player and staff cards from a New Hampshire hospital.

Tessier was also in possession of methylphenidate, a drug used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, for which she could not produce a prescription, and an iPhone she apparently does not own, police said.

Both women are due back in court May 23 for pretrial hearings.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.