Randolph Man Arrested by Vt. Drug Task Force

Front Page / Sep. 29, 2011 3:26pm EDT

After conducting several concurrent investigations, Vermont State Police and its Drug Task Force last week arrested six people over the course of five days for felony drug offenses.

The last of the six to be arrested was Jeremy P. Johnston, 20, of Randolph. Johnston was taken into custody at the Tunbridge fairgrounds on Friday, Sept. 16 by state police.

According to a release from the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force, Johnston was cited to appear in Superior Court in Chelsea on November 23, on three felony charges of selling Oxycodone, a prescription narcotic. The charges stem from a previous investigation conducted by the Drug Task Force, it was reported.

Police did not provide any details of Johnston’s alleged crimes. A police affidavit in support of the charges will become public at the time of arraignment.

The attorney general’s office will prosecute Johnston’s case.

None of the others arrested in last week’s drug sting are from the area.

One of the first of the six arrests, on Monday, was that a 37-year-old man who had recently moved to Springfield from New Hampshire. Steven Bennett was picked up on an arrest warrant in Ludlow.

Bennett was arraigned later on Monday in Windsor Superior Court on two felony charges of distribution of heroin. Following his court appearance, he was ordered held on $100,000 bail.

The other people arrested are women from southern Vermont, ranging in age from 25-31. Each faces varying drug distribution charges, with the drugs in question including heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, and prescription narcotics. Like Johnston, they all had court dates set a month or more into the future.

Police did not indicate whether there were any connections between these cases.

“No further information is available at this time, as the investigation is continuing and further arrests may be forthcoming,” the Drug Task Force’s release ended.

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