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Major drug bust in Barre, 25 arrested

Major drug bust in Barre, 25 arrested Barre Vermont


Vt. State Police - 10:15 am Wed Dec 20th, 2006

With a growing drug problem in recent months several law enforcement agencies have focused their attention to dealers on the streets in the City of Barre and the immediate surrounding areas.

Using a number of undercover investigators, the Vermont Drug Task Force developed leads into drug sales throughout the Barre area. "The task force has had tremendous success infiltrating the drug culture in the area to perform surveillance and investigations into the distribution and sale of illicit drugs.", said Major Thomas L’Esperance, Commander of the Vermont State Police Criminal Division. Incoming Barre Police Chief Timothy Bombardier added, "We are taking proactive steps to make our community a safer place to live".

These efforts were also with direct support from the Vermont State Police, Barre Police Department, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

As a result of this intense two month operation, dubbed "Operation Granite Streets", 25 people have been charged as of 3:00 pm with the following crimes below:

BARIL, Marie, age 36 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (2)*

BASHAW, Merrill, age 56 of Montpelier - Aiding in the Commission of a Felony

BATCHELDER, Jason, age 22 of Barre - Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

BIRCHARD, Matthew, age 22 of Barre – Possession of Marijuana > 1 lb.

CULTRERA, James, age 40 of Barre - Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine (Federal)

ELLIS, Charles, age 41 of Northfield - Sale of Cocaine (1)

FACINI, Christopher, age 21 of Barre - Sale of Marijuana (2) / Sale of Cocaine (2)

GLASER, Frederick, age 36 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (2)

GRIFFITH, Rodney, age 37 of Montpelier - Sale of Cocaine (2) / Illegal Sale of a Firearm

HERNANDEZ, Laura, age 51 of Williamstown - Sale of Heroin (2)

HIGGINS, Amy, age 48 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (1)

HOJOHN, David, age 22 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (5) / Possession of Cocaine (1)

INGRAM, Kelly, age 21 of Barre - Aiding in the Commission of a Felony (2)

LAFRANCE, Brian, age 38 of Berlin - Sale of Cocaine (2)

LAPOINT, Gary, age 28 of Barre - Sale of Marijuana (1)

LESSARD, Dennis, age 52 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (2)

LOOMIS, Jeremy, age 31 of Barre - Aiding in the Commission of a Felony

ORTIZ, Jose, age 48 of Montpelier - Aiding in the Commission of a Felony (2)

PECOR, Wayne Jr., age 18 of Washington - Sale of Cocaine (1)

PERKINS, Chad, age 24 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (2)

RICARD, Suzan, age 47 of Barre - Aiding in the Commission of a Felony (2)

RUSSELL, Jeffrey, age 27 of Montpelier - Sale of Cocaine (3)

THORTON, Kirk, age 42 of Quebec - Possession of Marijuana > 1 lb.

TOM, David, age 22 of Barre - Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

WHITTEMORE, Mona , age 38 of Barre - Sale of Cocaine (1) / Aiding in the Comm. of a Felony

*(denotes # of counts)

Photographs of persons arrested are available at: http://www.vtsp.org/press/granitestreets/

Relevant Address(es):
Berlin, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Northfield, VT 05663 (Set as Local)
Williamstown, VT 05679 (Set as Local)
Washington, VT 05675 (Set as Local)
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)

  • Why are they smiling?
    by Rene Churchill (rcc) on 10:19 am Dec 20 06
    It's good to see the police cracking down on this. However, one thing that has struck me as rather odd is why are so many of these people smiling in their mug shots?

    • Re: Why are they smiling?
      by Rene Churchill (rcc) on 10:21 am Dec 20 06
      Hmm, it could be because the blue photos might be from their drivers licenses?
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