St. Albans drug
sweep nets 35
ST. ALBANS — About 80 law enforcement officers arrested 35 people in St. Albans on Tuesday in the third drug sweep in Vermont this year.
Investigators were pursing arrest warrants for eight other people who could not be found Tuesday, Vermont State Police said.
The majority of the arrests or warrants were for selling narcotics; others were charged with selling crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana.
“As we continue to strengthen our partnerships with municipal and county governments, we are able to improve Vermont’s safety by deterring the epidemic abuse of illicit drugs, that is driving crime and destroying the lives of our families and friends,” said Col. Tom L’Esperance, the director of the Vermont State Police.
The arrests followed a six-month investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force.
Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said the arrests plus treatment will help to combat an opiate epidemic in Vermont.
“There isn’t a Vermonter that doesn’t know someone that is addicted to opiates or who has had their home or property broken into by someone who is addicted. This is a problem in Vermont that we must solve through enforcement and treatment,” he said.
Those arrested were processed at the state police barracks or city police department in St. Albans or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and taken to court for arraignment, officials said.
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