Vermont Drug Task Force announces arrests following multi-week operation

Staff Writer

WATERBURY, Vermont — The Vermont Drug Task Force announces a multi-week arrest sweep that has concluded with the arrests of numerous people accused of dealing drugs throughout Vermont. During the past several weeks, the Vermont Drug Task Force arrested 59 suspects on charges of selling and distributing heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine. The investigations resulted in 53 individual charges of selling heroin, and 43 individual charges of selling crack cocaine, among other charges.

All suspects are charged with state drug offenses and were cited and released with future dates to appear in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Courts across the state. A list of suspects and the charges they face is included at the end of this release. ***Follow this link to access the suspects’ mug shots.***

The Drug Task Force conducts hundreds of investigations annually into various levels of illegal drug activity and is committed to aggressively pursuing those people who sell or distribute these poisonous drugs, or who aid individuals who are selling them. These drugs are dangerous to the person taking them and invite violence into our communities.

At the same time, the Vermont State Police is equally committed to helping individuals find treatment for their addiction, and to assisting them on their path to recovery. During this operation, the task force partnered with the Vermont Department of Health to provide information on treatment and recovery services to those who have a drug dependency.

Law enforcement, public health, education, treatment, recovery supports and community engagement all go hand and hand to help prevent, reduce and eliminate the problems caused by opioid drug use.

The Vermont State Police also has a tip line and asks the public for assistance in reporting drug dealers in their communities. Tips may be submitted online at https://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.

The Vermont Department of Health also provides online resources so people can find help and a pathway to recovery: https://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs.

The following agencies assisted in this operation; Vermont State Police, Brattleboro PD, Winchester NH PD, Bellows Falls PD, Springfield PD, Bennington PD, Rutland City PD, Bennington County Sheriff’s Dept., South Burlington PD, Burlington PD, Grand Isle Sheriff’s Dept., Franklin County Sherriff’s Dept., Essex PD, St. Johnsbury PD and Newport PD.

List of defendants

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Zachary Lapoint
AGE: 29
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x2
COURT DATE: 10/07/2019
ACCUSED: Sara Muzzy
AGE: 33
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Possession of Heroin x3
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Jennifer Loso
AGE: 36
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x4, Possession of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Joshua Reed
AGE: 38
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Bennington
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x2
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: John Chapman
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Bennington
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Bradley Haynes
AGE: 29
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Lucas Gagnon
AGE: 35
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1, Sale of Crack Cocaine x1, Possession of Crack Cocaine x1, Violation of Conditions of Release x2
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Brittany Fields
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1, Sale of Crack Cocaine x1, Possession of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Michael Shively
AGE: 31
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1, Possession of Crack Cocaine x1, Possession of Fentanyl x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Cassandra Johnson
AGE: 31
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x2
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Brian Bruso
AGE: 60
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fair Haven, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Bennington
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Alexya Garcia
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Bennington
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Abbie Harrington
AGE: 23
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Bennington
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Michael Allard
AGE: 33
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: David Stearns
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x4
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Steven Stone
AGE: 48
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 09/30/2019
ACCUSED: Theodore Thompson
AGE: 44
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Rutland, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 10/07/2019
ACCUSED: Whitney Carmen
AGE: 28
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Tinmouth, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 10/07/2019
ACCUSED: Joshua Cave
AGE: 42
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Tinmouth, Vermont
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: N/A
ACCUSED: Camilo Matus
AGE: 36
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Waterbury, Connecticut
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: N/A
ACCUSED: Felix Colon
AGE: 21
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Waterbury, Connecticut
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Rutland
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: N/A
ACCUSED: Todd Dayton
AGE: 45
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Granville, New York
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 9/24/19
ACCUSED: Daniel Silverman
AGE: 48
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x 2/ Sale of Crack Cocaine x 1
COURT DATE: 9/24/19
ACCUSED: Nathan Hazlett
AGE: 46
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 9/24/19
ACCUSED: Sylvester Little
AGE: 45
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: YES

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 9/24/19
ACCUSED: Billy Jo Wilder
AGE: 43
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Putney VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Dean Gero
AGE: 52
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Trent Johnson
AGE: 30
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Kimberly Morgan
AGE: 31
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Marshall Dean
AGE: 58
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x2
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Holly Magnuson
AGE: 26
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bennington VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Scott Haselton
AGE: 53
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Eric Fortune
AGE: 34
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bellows Falls
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x3 / Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 10/15/19
ACCUSED: Kari Reilly
AGE: 37
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Guilford VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham/Windsor
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 10/15/19 (Windham) / 10/29/19 (Windsor)
ACCUSED: Kyle Arie
AGE: 34
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Springfield VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 10/29/19
ACCUSED: Peter Garrett
AGE: 32
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x2
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Bobby Bethune
AGE: 19
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x2
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Jorge Delaoz
AGE: 50
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Brattleboro VT
MUGSHOT: N/A

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 10/8/19
ACCUSED: Corey Archer
AGE: 39
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newfane VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Windham
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x3
COURT DATE: 10/15/19
ACCUSED: Reginald French
AGE: 53
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Winchester NH
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x 1, Sale of Crack Cocaine x2
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Aaron Camp
AGE: 30
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Washington
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 08/06/2019
ACCUSED: Santos DeJesus
AGE: 28
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Barre City, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of fentanyl x2
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Monica Capron
AGE: 40
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x5, Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: TBD
ACCUSED: Meagan Blake
AGE: 31
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Coventry, VT
MUGSHOT: No (wanted photo included)

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x1, Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: TBD
ACCUSED: Kayla Wright
AGE: 25
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: No (wanted photo included)

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Heroin x3
COURT DATE: Arraignment in process
ACCUSED: Kassandra Medellin-Oliver
AGE: 32
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x2
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Justin Morgan
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Erik Polite
AGE: 39
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Washington
VIOLATION: Sale of Fentanyl x1
COURT DATE:08/06/2019
ACCUSED: Eldin Kamberovic
AGE: 30
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Barre City, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x3
COURT DATE:09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Edwin R. Mejia
AGE: 40
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: New Britain, CT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x2, Sale of Heroin x1
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Corey Green
AGE: 45
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Orleans, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Chittenden
VIOLATION: Sale of Noncontrolled Substance as Controlled x1, Violation of Conditions of Release x4, Sale of Crack Cocaine x3
COURT DATE: 08/12/2019
ACCUSED: Brooke Rowell
AGE: 36
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Burlington, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Ashley Penniman
AGE: 35
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Orleans
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x4
COURT DATE: 09/17/2019
ACCUSED: Allen Marsh
AGE: 50
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Newport, VT
MUGSHOT: Yes

COUNTY: Chittenden
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x3
COURT DATE: WANTED
ACCUSED: Charles Lambert
AGE: 41
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Unknown
MUGSHOT: No

COUNTY: Chittenden
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x1
COURT DATE: 09/24/2019
ACCUSED: David Godin
AGE: 39
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Burlington, VT
MUGSHOT: No

COUNTY: Chittenden
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x2, Sale of Heroin x2
COURT DATE: Arrest Warrant
ACCUSED: Franklin Estevez
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Unknown
MUGSHOT: No

COUNTY: Washington
VIOLATION: Possession of Stolen Property (Greater than $900) x1
Possession of a Depressant/Stimulant/Narcotic Drug (Greater than 100 Doses) x1
COURT DATE: August 15, 2019
ACCUSED: Jayvian Poitras
AGE: 19
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: East Barre, VT
MUGSHOT: No

COUNTY: Caledonia
VIOLATION: Sale of Crack Cocaine x4
COURT DATE: 09/12/2019
ACCUSED: Justin T. Barlow
AGE: 27
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Springfield, VT
MUGSHOT: No

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