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.