JOINT PRESS RELEASE - Operation Precision Valley in Springfield, VT Arrest Sweep for Illegal Drug Trafficking

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE
Operation Precision Valley in Springfield, VT Arrest Sweep for Illegal Drug Trafficking

Springfield, VT – 06/19/13 – Today, June 19, 2013, Operation Precision Valley conducted an arrest sweep in Springfield, VT targeting 36 defendants for the distribution and sale of illicit drugs, along with several other criminal offenses.

Operation Precision Valley is the culmination of a six month long investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force.

“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 too many of our neighbors,” said Colonel Tom L’Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police.

“The success of this operation is a step forward for the town of Springfield and Windsor County in its fight with drugs and crime in our community,” said Chief Douglas Johnston, Springfield Police Department.

“I feel very strongly about the opiate epidemic in Vermont,” Public safety Commissioner Keith Flynn. “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.”

At the time of this release, Operation Precision Valley arrested 33 defendants; three are out-of-state and investigators will be pursing arrest warrants for those individuals.

Today’s arrestees were transported to either the Rockingham Barracks or Springfield Police Department. Once processing was complete, defendants were taken directly to the Windsor County Courthouse for arraignment. Defendants are still being arraigned, at the time of this release. The Attorney General’s Office will be seeking bail at arraignment; defendants that are lodged are likely to be taken to the Southern State Correctional Facility (SSCF) in Springfield. If convicted, each person faces between five and 20 years in prison.

Residential search warrants were executed at 77 Mt. Vernon Street in Springfield and at Trailside Condos at Okemo in Ludlow. A list of items seized have not yet been completed.

See the attached list for each of the defendant information, including their name, date of birth, hometown, offenses, lodging status. Those listed in red were not arrested today. Mug shots will be released as they become available. When more information becomes available an update will be released.

No one was injured as a result of today’s operation.

Agency Contact Information:
Vermont Drug Task Force, 802-241-5360
Springfield Police Department, 802-885-2113
Windsor County Sheriff, 802-457-5211
Windham County Sheriffs, 802-365-4941
Vermont Attorney General’s Office, 802-828-3171
Vermont State Police, Colonel Tom L’Esperance, 802-241-5000
Ludlow Police Department, 413-583-8305
Chester Police Department, 802-875-2035
Hartford Police Department, 802-295-9425
Bellows Falls Police Department, 802-463-1234
Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, 802-775-8002
Drug Enforcement Administration, 617-557-2138
Homeland Security Investigations, 202-282-8000
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 802-863-6316
US Marshals Service, 802-951-6271
US Customs and Border Protection, 518-324-5200

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