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Police make local drug arrests

Arrests from Ludlow to Springfield

Jennifer Swasey

Jennifer Swasey

— Vermont State Police officers were busy lthis month in a series of illegal drug arrests ranging from Ludlow to Chester.

The Southern Vermont Drug Task Force mad several arrests for felony drug offenses as a result of several concurrent investigations by the Vermont State Police and Drug Task Force.

On Sept. 12, Kari Bazin, 31, of Rockingham, was taken into custody by members of the Vermont State Police at her residence in Rockingham.

Bazin was wanted for two felony charges of distribution of heroin following an investigation by the Vermont State Police and the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force.

On Sept. 12, Steven Bennett, 37 of Springfield was taken into custody in Ludlow by members of the Ludlow Police Department.

Bennett was wanted for two felony charges of distribution of heroin following a lengthy investigation by the Vermont State Police and the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force.

Each offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Bennett was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility and appeared before the Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on September 12. Following Bennett’s arraignment he was held on $100,000 bail. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will be prosecuting this case.

On Sept. 15, Nikki Belanger, 25, of Chester was taken into custody at her residence by members of the Vermont State Police. Belanger was cited and released to appear in Vermont Superior Court Nov. 8 to answer to two felony charges of selling narcotics (prescription pills). The narcotic charges stem from a previous investigation conducted by the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will be prosecuting this case.

On Sept. 15, Krystal Pelkey, 25, of Proctorsville, voluntarily reported to the Rockingham State Police Barracks where she was processed and issued a citation to appear before the Vermont Superior Court Oct. 25 to answer to two felony charges of distribution of crack cocaine. The charges originated from a lengthy investigation by the Vermont State Police and the Vermont Drug Task Force. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office will be prosecuting this case.

On Sept. 15, Jennifer Swasey, 26, of Windsor voluntarily reported to the Rockingham State Police Barracks where she was processed and issued a citation to appear before the Vermont Superior Court Oct. 25 to answer to the charge of distribution of cocaine and distribution of prescription pills (oxycodone).

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