BRATTLEBORO — A 52-year-old Townshend woman is being held pending her arraignment in federal court on charges of selling heroin.
According to court documents, Pamela A. Johnson first came to the attention of the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force in July 2015 after a confidential informant told police he wanted to trade information for money. The CI, who had criminal charges filed against him in court in February of this year, told investigators that he had purchased heroin from Johnson a number of times. Under the oversight of investigators, the CI called Johnson and requested a bundle, or 10 bags, of heroin from Johnson, which she delivered to the CI at a public location in Brattleboro.
"All of the bags bore a black stamp of the word 'Scorpion' with the image of a scorpion," noted the affidavit.
On July 21, 2015, the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force executed a state search warrant at the Windham County residence of Johnson and during the search, detectives located evidence of intravenous drug use. Johnson was then arrested for violating her conditions of state probation. After she was arrested, Johnson told investigators that she had been using heroin for the last six months and that she would pick up approximately 200 to 250 bags of heroin every day from a local source. "Johnson stated she used about 2 to 3 bundles of the heroin a day and would sell the rest."
On March 8, a federal judge ordered Johnson held until her arraignment on March 18.
In late 2009, Johnson accepted a plea deal with the state after she was charged with retail theft, with stealing groceries from a local supermarket and with stealing $40 from a donation box. She was also accused of stealing a pocketbook and using a credit card to make purchases. She was arrested again in November 2015 in connection with retail theft at a Canal Street business.
Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.