BENNINGTON, Vt. – Vermont State Police say they have conducted a large arrest sweep in Bennington County after a six-month long investigation.
According to authorities, they activated Operation Strike Two which involved about 40 law enforcement officers.
During the sweep they attempted to take 23 people into custody for the distribution and sale of illicit drugs. However, they say just 16 were arrested during the sweep.
Police say the seven people who were not arrested were not located while pursuing arrest warrants. They do say they anticipate that those individuals will turn themselves in to law enforcement officials.
All 16 defendants who were arrested on Wednesday were either sent to the Shaftsbury Barracks or the Bennington Police Department for processing. Once processed, they were arraigned.
The full list of those arrested in connection to this investigation and their charges are as follows:
Kevin Adamovich, 24, Sale of Regulated Drugs
Kathleen Breshanham, 45, Sale of Heroin and Sale of Cocaine
Bonnie Bucchieri, 23, Sale of Heroin
Christopher Coyne, 28, Conspiracy, Sale of Cocaine and Dispensing further Dwelling
Edward Crandall, 36, Sale of Heroin and Sale on School Grounds
Cedric Daniels, 35, Sale of Heroin, Sale of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Conspiracy and Weapon during Crime
Tracy Eastman, 41, Sale of Cocaine and Sale of Heroin
Nicholas Gillotti, 30, Sale of Heroin
Deidre Jefferson, 20, Sale of Heroin
Danielle Lake, 32, Sale of Heroin, Sale of Cocaine, Conspiracy and Contempt of Court
Bryan Peltier, 38, Sale of Heroin, Sale of Cocaine, Contempt of Court
Ashley Rafus, 25, Sale of Cocaine, Dispensing further Dwelling
Daniel Reddan, 31, Sale of Heroin
Harry Reynolds, 18, Sale of Cocaine
Chalissa Shakir, 20, Sale of Cocaine
Kayleigh Sigsbury, 27, Sale of Cocaine
Andrea Stepp, 24, Sale of Regulated Drugs
Christopher Stevens, 22, Sale of Heroin, Sale of Cocaine
Beverly Stratton, 36, Sale of Regulated Drugs
Mark Stratton, 30, Sale of Regulated Drugs
Domenic Thane, 22, Sale of Regulated Drugs
Joseph Wright, 30, Conspiracy
Eric (last name and DOB unknown), Sale of Cocaine
This is the fourth sweep of its kind conducted in Vermont this year.