• Vt. farmer charged in drug ring
    The Associated Press | June 30,2013
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    BURLINGTON — A Vermont farmer has been charged in a large marijuana trafficking ring involving drugs that federal officials believe were smuggled across the U.S.-Canadian border.

    Kirt Westcom of East Fairfield pleaded not guilty late last week to conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

    Westcom, who owns a 140-acre farm, is the fourth man to be charged in the case.

    Jeffrey A. Donna, who owns T.J.’s Country Store in Montgomery; Roy L. McAllister II, vice president of McAllister Fuels Inc. of Richford; and Jesse J. Soule, a Montgomery dairy farmer, pleaded not guilty on May 29 to marijuana trafficking conspiracy charges.

    “McAllister and Donna would often drop off marijuana at Westcom’s property between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.,” a confidential informant told authorities, according to a police affidavit.

    Westcom allegedly often hid the pot in hay bales in his barn, the affidavit said.

    When the three other suspects were arraigned last month, federal drug agents searched Westcom’s home and found evidence of marijuana and a marijuana grow room, court records show.

    “Law enforcement inquired about his source of supply, and Westcom suggested that he wanted to talk to a lawyer,” the affidavit said.

    Westcom was arrested on Thursday, the Burlington Free Press reported.

    Federal agents alleged the marijuana was smuggled across several spots on the Vermont-Quebec border.
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