Man arrested in drug sweep has criminal past
BENNINGTON -- A Pleasant Street man who has been charged with stealing copper and creating a disturbance to summon police, was charged with four felonies and several misdemeanors Wednesday after he was arrested along with 16 others in a county-wide drug sweep.
Tracy Eastman, 41, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony cocaine sale, two counts of misdemeanor cocaine possession, four counts of selling regulated drugs from a dwelling, two felony counts of selling heroin, and misdemeanor heroin possession. He is being held at the Rutland jail or lack of $50,000 bail. He was referred to as a "significant dealer," by a state prosecutor who asked for $150,000 bail.
According to police affidavits, Eastman sold drugs a number of times to a police informant.
In May, an informant said they had been at Eastman’s home at 321 Pleasant St. and witnessed Eastman and others using drugs. That same month, informants bought drugs from Eastman and others there.
On June 6, a police informant allegedly purchased $250 worth of crack cocaine from Eastman at his home. Police also monitored an informant as they purchased $130 worth of heroin from Eastman. Another affidavit describes Eastman selling $140 of heroin to an informant through Domenic Thane, 22., who was also arrested and charged in Wednesday’s sweep.
In April, Eastman was charged with burglary after police said he broke into the former Mount Anthony Middle School and cut copper worth $9,000 from the building, causing $75,000 in damage.
In May, police arrested Eastman for walking down the middle of Main Street, yelling at cars. Eastman had been trying to report his cell phone stolen to police and felt he was being ignored. Eastman said he had smoked crack cocaine, which impaired his judgement.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr
Man accused of selling drugs near school
BENNINGTON -- A local man arrested in a drug sweep Wednesday is accused of selling heroin near the Bennington Elementary School.
Edward Crandall Jr., 36, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to two counts of heroin sale, selling drugs near a school, and misdemeanor heroin possession. He was placed under $5,000 bail, which he posted. He is not allowed to go within 100 feet of an elementary school.
According to police, they were told by a "cooperating individual" in April that Crandall had purchased heroin in Holyoke, Mass., and was selling it in Bennington for $150 per 10 bags.
The informant later bought 10 bags from Crandall on Park Street, across from Bennington Elementary School. School was not in session.
The informant told police on April 9 that Crandall asked them if anyone they knew wanted to buy "dog food," which is slang for heroin, because "Dan from Manchester" had some.
Police said Crandall also facilitated the sale of heroin between the informant and Daniel Reddan of Manchester, who was sought by police in the sweep.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.