Drug sweep nets a dozen arrests

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RUTLAND - A dozen people are facing a host of drug-related charges following a two-county police investigation that spanned four months.

The Southern Vermont Drug Task announced Friday the arrests of the suspects stemming from investigations in Rutland and Bennington counties. Police said the investigations started in September and continued through this week.

The operation involved numerous probes into selling of heroin and crack cocaine in the two counties, according to a statement from the task force.

Police said among the 12 arrests are two suspects facing charges for allegedly "maintaining a drug-involved premise." Nine of the suspects face charges in state courts while three face federal charges, according to police.

Those arrested as part of the operation, according to police, are:

— Jean M. Sousie, 24, of Danby, on three charges of selling crack cocaine, arraigned Sept. 28.

— Richard B. Webster, 60, of West Rutland, on a charge of maintaining a drug-involved premise, arraigned Nov. 2.

— Sheri A. Fitzgerald, 53, of Rutland, charges of distribution of heroin and maintaining a drug-involved premise, arraigned Dec. 11.

— Amanda F. Wilkins, 31, of Bennington, two charges of selling heroin and two counts of cruelty to children, arraigned Sept. 7.

— Bradley R. Sweet, 30, of Bennington, two charges of selling heroin, set to be arraigned Jan. 8.

— Kearstyn L. King, 19, of Bennington, two charges of selling heroin, set to be arraigned Jan. 8.

— Edward L. Everett, 51, of Rutland, charges of selling heroin and sale of a non-controlled substance, set to be arraigned Jan. 8.

— Paul A. Jordan, 34, of Rutland, a charge of selling crack cocaine, set to be arraigned Jan. 8.

— Jason P. Robinson , 39, Springfield, six charges of selling heroin, set to be arraigned Jan. 8.

— Megan E. Harpp, 25, of Rutland, charge of selling heroin, arraignment date pending.

— Brent Shaw, 32, of Rutland, charge of selling heroin, arraignment date pending.

— Tiffany Show, 35, of Rutland, charge of selling heroin, arraignment date pending.

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