The irrepressible Christina Nolan, U.S. Attorney for Vermont, yesterday announced a multi-agency drug bust St. Johnsbury and Newport that arrested 16 people and seized large quantities of hard drugs. At least two of those arrested have out-of-state addresses – suggesting a possible link with out-of-state drug gangs.
"Authorities say 700 bags of fentanyl and heroin, 100 grams of cocaine, 2 firearms and $4,000 in cash was seized. Two people are still at large. "We are coming after those who prey on the lives of Vermonters by profiting from addiction and peddling poison. And we will be relentless, that I promise you. We will be relentless, you will be the target of collaborative investigations, criminal charges and stiff penalties," Nolan said.
Those charged with drug-related crimes include:
Jen Thompson, 39, Newport
Juliana Graves, 49, Newport
Elijah Wheeler-Watson, 23 Clinton, Mass.
Adis Djozo, 26 Essex Junction
Alicia Parenteau, 36, Newport
Chakeshia Watts, 40, St. Johnsbury
Jerry Watts, 62, St. Johnsbury
Randy Devoid, 50, St. Johnsbury
Shaquille Carter, 26, New York, NY.
Christina Thompson, 42, Lyndonville
Morgan Cleveland, 39, Newport
Soloman Little, 26, St. Johnsbury
Christopher MacKay, 52, St. Johnsbury
Mark Houston, 30, St. Johnsbury
Michael Barry, 26, St. Johnsbury
Michelle Churchill, 34, St. Johnsbury
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