BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police are working with a state senator to create a gang task force to attack a growing illicit drug trade.
Col. Thomas J. L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police, tells the Bennington Banner that
low-level gang associates are turning up as dealers in every corner of the state. He says the effort is more organized than in the past.
He says an existing drug task force focuses on mid- and upper-level dealers. A gang task force would focus its efforts on street-level activity.
Police have been working on the task force with Bennington County Sen. Dick Sears, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.