Man denies selling pot across from school
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | April 07,2014
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Windsor man accused of dealing drugs from his apartment across from the State Street Elementary School allegedly kept meticulous records of his sales to customers, according to police.
Clint Tetreault, 56, pleaded innocent this past week to misdemeanor charges of sale and possession of marijuana before he was released from the criminal courthouse in White River Junction on pre-trial conditions.
Neighbors contacted Windsor Police in mid-February and said Tetreault, who has an extensive criminal history, appeared to be selling drugs from his apartment “on a daily basis” from sunup until about 9 p.m. each evening, with a steady stream of visitors, according to an affidavit filed with the court. Tetreault would also get into cars parked in front of the school while it was in session to conduct what appeared to be brief “hand-to-hand” sales transactions, the affidavit said.
Windsor Police Sgt. James Beraldi said after receiving the complaint he set up the same evening in an unmarked police car on State Street and, with the help of other officers, began surveillance on the apartment building.
Less than an hour later police watched as a silver van sped away from the building at “an excessive rate of speed” which led Beraldi to pull it over a minute later on Main Street. Beraldi said the driver of the van, Brandi Crimmin, 30, was crying and immediately surrendered a pot pipe and an eighth-ounce bag of marijuana which she retrieved from her pocket.
“Crimmin advised she had just purchased the marijuana from Clint Tetreault for $50 at 114 State St.,” Beraldi noted in his report. Based on that encounter, the sergeant said he applied for a search warrant and just after midnight, with the help of a police dog, four officers knocked on Tetreault’s door, taking him into custody when he answered without incident.
Beraldi said Tetreault claimed he only had a small amount of marijuana in a bedroom dresser drawer that he kept for personal use and that he did not sell any drugs. After telling Tetreault that they didn’t believe him on either point, police searched the residence and Beraldi said he found two ounces of marijuana in a large freezer baggie behind a couch in the living room, $3,120 in cash, six cellphones, four notebook computers, a glass bong, a plastic bag full of glass pipes, seven methadone pills and a green ledger.
Police photographs documenting the raid showed a penchant for neatness throughout the apartment, with some of the money that was seized carefully folded into tiny origami sailboats. Beraldi said that flair for organization extended to the green ledger book which he said appeared to list “over 62 phone numbers/contacts, mostly of persons (Tetreault) likely has been selling narcotics to.”
Tetreault’s criminal record stretches back 40 years and includes multiple felony convictions for burglary, breaking and entering, grand larceny, forgery, arson, destruction of property with several violations of probation as well as misdemeanor convictions for possession of narcotics and stolen property.