Saturday September 24, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- Over the past three weeks members of the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force made several arrests for felony drug offenses in and around the southern part of the state.

The arrests are a result of concurrent ongoing investigations by the Vermont State Police and the Drug Task Force, according to a press release.

Kari Bazin, 31, of Rockingham, was arrested at her residence for two counts of heroin distribution. She was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Oct. 25.

On Sept. 15, Nikki Belanger, 25, of Chester, was taken into custody by the Vermont State Police for selling prescription pills. She was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on Nov. 8, to answer to the two felony charges.

In Ludlow, Steven Bennett, 37, of Charlestown, N.H., and Springfield, was arrested for two counts of heroin distribution and could serve up to 10 years for each.

Bennett is currently being held for lack of $100,000 bail.

On Sept. 15, Andrew Darling, 48, of North Walpole, N.H., was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court on Nov. 8, for the unlawful sale of a non-controlled substance, methylenedioxypyrovalerone, commonly referred to as bath salts.

According to police, Darling sold the "bath salts" under the pretense that it was methamphetamine, which is a misdemeanor offense in Vermont.

Krystal Pelkey, 25, of Proctorsville, voluntarily reported to the Rockingham State Police Barracks on Sept.


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15, where she was processed and cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on Oct. 25, to answer to two felony charges of distributing crack cocaine.

On Sept. 15, Jennifer Swasey, 26, of Windsor, also voluntarily reported to the Rockingham State Police Barracks where she was processed and cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court in White River Junction on Oct. 25, to answer to the charge of cocaine and prescription pill distribution.

The next day, Jeremy P. Johnston, 20, of Randolph, was arrested by members of the Vermont state Police at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds for selling prescription pills.

Johnston was cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court in Chelsea on Nov. 23, to answer to the three felony charges.