Monday December 3, 2012

Drug task force leads to arrests

WILMINGTON -- Authorities with the Vermont Drug Task Force reported two arrests following extended investigations, one of which centered in Wilmington.

State Police Lt. Matthew T. Birmingham, with the Narcotics Investigation Unit in Middlebury, identified Michael Tanguay Jr., 33, of Wilmington, as one local individual arrested last Thursday Nov. 29 after an investigation that began in October.

Police charged Tanguay with two counts of sale of regulated narcotics and one count of possession of a regulated narcotic, all felonies. Police said the drug task force began investigating Tanguay for the illegal distribution of regulared pills in southern Vermont with the asssistance of Wilmington police. Members of the task force conducted two separate undercover sales of regulated pills containing oxycodone. After Wilmington police arrested him for sales, they found Tanguay in possession of a felony amount of the same oxycodone pills, warranting the additional possession charge.

Tanguay was processed and issued a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court at a later date. Tanguay is currently on parole and was detained by Probation and Parole for violating his parole, police said. In a separate report over the weekend involving the state police drug task force, a woman was arrested in Guilford for the illegal distribution of prescription pills, after an investigation there that began last September.


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Intoxicated driver involved in crash

WINHALL -- Winhall Police and Rescue reported a two vehicle accident involving an intoxicated driver Sunday.

Police responded to the crash at the bottom of the Stratton Mountain Access Road in Winhall at approximately 5:30 a.m. According to police, a Dodge sedan was traveling east down the access road toward Route 30 when it crossed the centerline on a sharp curve and struck an oncoming Toyota truck.

Police said both vehicles were totaled but the occupants suffered only minor injuries.

The operator of the Dodge, identified as Colin Moore, 37, of Londonderry, was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for driving under the influence. Police said Moore, who has two previous DUI convictions, provided an evidentiary breath sample of .172 percent -- more than twice the legal limit.

Moore was released on conditions and was ordered to appear in Bennington Superior Court Monday, Dec. 3, to answer to the charges of DUI 3 and negligent operation.

-- Zeke Wright