Task force makes two drug busts in region

Wednesday December 5, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont Drug Task Force arrested two Windham County residents recently for distributing narcotics.

Michael Tanguay Jr., 33, of Wilmington, and Barbara Gonyea, 46, of Guilford were arrested during two separate investigations, according to the Vermont State Police.

The Vermont Drug Task Force worked with the Wilmington Police Department during October and November to investigate the activities of Tanguay, who currently is on parole for other offenses.

According to a press release, the drug task force conducted two sales of narcotic pills containing oxycodone

The Wilmington Police Department arrested Tanguay on Nov. 29 for the pending felony sale charges.

Subsequent to the arrest he also was found to be in possession of a felony amount of regulated narcotic drugs.

Tanguay is facing three felony charges for the sale of regulated narcotics and for possessing a regulated narcotic, and was cited to appear in Windham Superior Court at a later date. He is being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

At the time of his arrest, Tanguay had been on parole for a conviction for his part in the burglary of a home in Wilmington in 2004. According to court documents, Tanguay and his alleged accomplice, Robert Avallone, of Wilmington, stole more than $11,000 from a safe in the home, $6,000 of which was charitable donations to Twice Blessed and Stepping Stones. The remainder of the stolen money had been set aside to repair the roof of Twice Blessed, a community thrift shop.

In 2005, Tanguay was convicted on four charges, for the most serious of which -- burglary of an occupied dwelling -- he received a five to 25 year sentence. He was also convicted of grand larceny, unlawful mischief and petty larceny.

According to Brattleboro Probation and Parole, Tanguay was released on furlough in May 2010, which was converted to parole in June 2012.

-- The Vermont State Police began investigating Gonyea’s activities in the Bellows Falls area in September.

Gonyea allegedly confessed that she has been distributing prescription narcotics to people in the Bellows Falls area

Gonyea was processed at the Brattleboro barracks and cited to appear in Windham Superior Court on Dec. 18 to answer to the charges of two counts of dispensing depressant, stimulant and narcotic drugs.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or hwtisman@reformer.com. Bob Audette contributed to this story.


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