A 28-year-old Onset woman arrested in New Bedford while out on bail for drug and ammunition charges in Plymouth County has been sentenced to serve three years in state prison.

Kayla Boutilier pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today. At the time of the incident, Boutilier was out on bail from an April 2019 arrest for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and illegal possession of ammunition.

According to the DA, on September 19, 2019, Massachusetts State Police stopped a vehicle in New Bedford because it had an expired inspection sticker and no license plates lights. Boutilier was a passenger. A state trooper asked the driver and defendant to exit the vehicle after he observed hypodermic needles on the rear floorboard of the car. While the defendant was outside the car, she dropped a 16-gram bag of fentanyl, Quinn's office said. Police also say they found a cut straw with a white powder inside in her jacket pocket.

Boutilier has had other brushes with the law. In 2013, at the age of 21, she was arrested in Wareham on a drug charge. In 2017, she was one of eight defendants caught up in a multi-agency warrant sweep in Wareham and brought in for disturbing the peace. In 2019, she was arrested with others following an investigation into a New Bedford and Wareham drug ring. In that case, she was charged in state court after officers seized fentanyl, numerous pills, firearm parts, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition at a 308 Onset Ave. address.

"This case is yet another example of a defendant committing a serious crime while out on bail for the same offense," District Attorney Quinn said of Boutlier's most recent arrest.

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