Major Drug Sweep - 35 Suspected Dealers Arrested in Franklin County

Major Drug Sweep - 35 Suspected Dealers Arrested in Franklin County

A major drug sweep in Franklin County ended with 35 people in custody. Early this morning ABC22/FOX44 was with police when they raided numerous homes - it was a collaboration between 80 officers from several agencies to complete what they're calling Operation Northern Lights.
A major drug sweep in Franklin County ended with 35 people in custody.

Early this morning ABC22/FOX44 was with police when they raided numerous homes - it was a collaboration between 80 officers from several agencies to complete what they're calling Operation Northern Lights.

Police attempted to take 50 people into custody - so as for the remaining 15 not apprehended today, they now have warrants – it was a major bust that took many dealers off the streets.

"Many many months," Sergeant Cory Lozier of the Vermont State Police said.

Many months of undercover sales and investigations ended in a sweep Tuesday afternoon - police say 35 suspected drug dealers are off the St. Albans streets.

I teamed up with Sergeant Lozier and an officer from Homeland Security to bring in 23 year old Emily Robtoy.

"Never been in trouble in my life," she said to police.

But police say Robtoy is just one of many - selling drugs in Franklin County - heroin being the drug of choice.

"This underscores the problem of opiate addiction in Vermont and our efforts to combat it," Commissioner of Public Safety, Keith Flynn said.

"Selling even one prescription pill is a felony, with the potential 5 year jail sentence," Franklin County State’s Attorney Jim Hughes said.

After explaining why she was under arrest, Robtoy was booked and photographed.

"Mom was shocked. Dad didn’t seem to be too shocked," Sergeant Lozier said.

Our ride along went off without any problems, but just in case any of the suspects got violent or tried to run, a helicopter hovered nearby. Police say investigations like these help get drugs off the streets and dealers behind bars.

"It will have an immediate impact on the st. Albans area," Vermont State Police Colonel Tom L’Esperance said.

All 35 suspected dealers were arraigned in court today - and many of them were released on conditions, right back into this community - until their next court date.

This is the third major drug sweep in Vermont so far this year, the others were in Bennington and Springfield.

Police say we will be seeing even more like this.

 

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