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Concerns About Megabus Move in Vt.

South Burlington police say they are concerned about a new way for drugs to arrive in their city.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - South Burlington police say they are concerned about a new way for drugs to arrive in their city.

That's because they say Megabus, the popular, budget bus service, is now stopping there after it was forced out of its Burlington location.

Police say it's a great route for thrifty drug dealers to bring drugs from big cities to Vermont.

"We've had some recent challenges particurarly with drugs in our community and now the idea this is going to be drop off point," says Chief Trevor Whipple, South Burlington Police Department.

Whipple says he has a good reason to be fearful.

The bus used to stop on the UVM campus but school leaders say it was kicked off because of a series of problems.

"When the first bust happened some months ago, it raised some concerns," says Tom Gustafson, UVM Vice President for University Relations.

Gustafson says after seven drug busts involving Megabus passengers in just six months, the school decided to ask it to hit the road.

"In any drug trafficking situation, you've got drugs, you've got money, you sometimes have weapons, and from the police departments we hear from incidents do happen. And we were not going to wait for one to happen before we made this decision," says Gustafson.

Now in South Burlington, Whipple says they will keep an eye on the buses and its passengers. He says they will search for passengers carrying drugs and will even use police K-9's.

"We want to do everything we can to stem the tide of drugs being brought into our community," says Whipple.

We reached out to Megabus about the concerns but have not heard back.

Previously it has told us, it has zero tolerance for people using the bus to carry drugs and it says it will work closely with police to find those people.

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