Three women charged in connection with selling heroin and cocaine from a house in Brandon answered to charges in Rutland District Court on Thursday.
Tanya Rowe, 32, pleaded innocent to a felony charge of aiding in the commission of a felony after police from Brandon and Rutland raided the house Wednesday at 49 Franklin St. where Rowe, her parents and her two children live.
Also arrested during the raid were Autumn L. Saglimbeni, 20, and Latoya M. Edwards, 21, both of Schenectady, N.Y., who were each charged with felony possession of cocaine.
Also at home during the raid were Rowe's parents, Howard "Butch" Palmer and Darlene Palmer, as well as a juvenile. The Palmers weren't arrested, but Assistant State's Attorney Peter Neary said further charges are possible.
"She lives with her parents, who are potential defendants," Neary said during bail arguments for Rowe. "Mrs. Palmer was the one who pointed out to police where marijuana was hidden in the house."
While Rowe's attorney, Matthew Anderson, argued that Rowe's clean record and familial ties to the area made her a low flight risk, Neary called her a central cog in an operation trafficking drugs between Vermont and Connecticut.
Quoting from a police affidavit, Neary said Rowe told police that during the last year, she received regular shipments of heroin and crack cocaine. According to the affidavit, Rowe sometimes received up to 100 bags of heroin and an ounce of cocaine. The ounce of cocaine alone carries a street value of about $2,800, Neary told the court. Rowe allegedly told police her daily pay for selling the drugs ranged from $50 to $1,500.
"Her connections locally are all related to the ongoing drug operation," Neary said.
Saglimbeni's and Edwards' roles in the alleged operation were less clear, according to court records.
Rutland Police Detective Henry Alberico wrote in an affidavit that the pair told police they traveled from New York together to pick someone up. However, the pair were arrested in a bedroom where police discovered 19 packages of crack cocaine, unpacked rocks of the drug and packaging materials. In Edwards' pants, police found six pieces of crack cocaine, which she told police she had brought with her from New York, according to the affidavit.
Judge Patricia Zimmerman set bail at $50,000 for Rowe, $75,000 for Edwards and $100,000 for Saglimbeni. They were all taken to the Windsor jail for failure to post the amounts.
If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $100,000 fine.
Contact Brent Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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