BENNINGTON, Vt. - Sixty-three defendants were targeted for the distribution and sale of illicit drugs in Bennington County early Wednesday morning.
Vermont State Police say "Operation County Strike" is one of the largest arrest sweeps in Vermont's history employing over 100 officers from multiple state, local, county, and federal agencies. The six-month investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force Mobile Enforcement Team.
During a press conference Wednesday, police say 47 arrests have been made so far, out of the 63 targets in Bennington County. Detectives will continue the investigation and apprehension of the remaining targets.
Police say a residential search warrant at 210 W. Main Street in Bennington resulted in the seizure of 83 bags of heroin, 12.5 grams of crack cocaine, and 47 30mg pills of OxyContin.
Charges against the 63 individuals could range from possession and distribution, to conspiracy.
Those arrested Wednesday were sent to either Shaftsbury Barracks, Bennington Police Department, or Bennington County Sheriff's Department before being arraigned.
"The success of this operation is a step forward for the town of Bennington and Bennington County in its fight with drugs and crime in our community," said Chief Paul Doucette, Bennington Police Department. "It
was a well-choreographed effort that, thankfully, went off without a hitch-- no
violence and everyone was safe."
Representatives from the Bennington County State's Attorney's Office, Department of Public Safety, Vermont State Police, Bennington Police Department, Bennington Sheriff's, Manchester Police Department were present during Wednesday's announcement.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
TROY, N.Y. – A local church is giving a gun away in a raffle, and a politician has received threats for participating in the event. Grace Baptist Church in Troy will be giving a gun away in a raffle onMore >>
A local church is giving a gun away in a raffle, and a politician has received threats for participating in the event.More >>
SOUTH GLENS FALLS N.Y. – The 37TH Annual South High Marathon Dance kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. in the South Glens Falls High School gym. The Marathon Dance has been around for decades, starting with onlyMore >>
The 37th annual South High Marathon Dance kicked-off Friday. More >>
TROY, N.Y. – A fire broke out at the Red Front restaurant in Troy Friday evening. The call for the fire came in just after 6 p.m. The fire started in the attic of the Division Street eatery. The restaurantMore >>
A fire broke out at the Red Front restaurant in Troy Friday evening.More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – A fire broke out at St. Anthony's Church Friday evening. The call for the fire at 331 Seward Place came in around 6:30 p.m. The fire started in the basement and spread upward causingMore >>
A fire broke out at St. Anthony's Church Friday evening.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany Police Department is warning the school community about an e-mail scheme circulating various campuses around the country. The e-mail scheme contains threateningMore >>
The University at Albany Police Department is warning the school community about an e-mail scheme circulating various campuses around the country.More >>
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – A 19-year-old was arrested and charged Friday for having sexual relations with a minor. An investigation by the East Greenbush Police Department determined Jared Watts had sexualMore >>
A 19-year-old was arrested and charged Friday for having sexual relations with a minor.More >>
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Police arrested a Johnstown man for an August 2013 assault. Ricky Mitchell was arrested and charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Endangering the WelfareMore >>
Police arrested a Johnstown man for an August 2013 assault.More >>
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – Police made an arrest for multiple drug charges in Fulton County. Freddie Barksdale was arrested for one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third DegreeMore >>
Police made an arrest for multiple drug charges in Fulton County.More >>
CAROGA, N.Y. – Police made an arrest for burglary in Fulton County. Cori Ostrander was arrested and charged with one count of Burglary for entering the attached garage of the Outlet Restaurant with theMore >>
Police made an arrest for burglary in Fulton County.More >>
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Police arrested and charged a Johnstown man for Grand Larceny. James Anderson was charged with one count of Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing a credit or debit card from a pocketbookMore >>
Police arrested and charged a Johnstown man for Grand Larceny.More >>