BENNINGTON -- Two people are accused of selling crack cocaine from their Maple Street apartment after a woman told police she purchased crack from one of them on past occasions.
Tina M. Fox, 42, was held for lack of $50,000 bail on Tuesday after she pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to two felony counts of cocaine sale, two misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession, a felony charge of counterfeiting, identity theft, and a misdemeanor charge of false information to a police officer.
Her co-defendant on one of her two dockets, Steven L. Barber, 59, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to sell drugs, and misdemeanor possession of a narcotic. He posted on $2,000 bail and was released on conditions he not contact Fox.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Robert Murawski, on March 26 police received a report from a woman who said there was drug activity at 207 Maple St. She said she had been there on March 24 to smoke crack cocaine with Barber, who lives there with Fox. The next day she called Barber to purchase crack cocaine, but Fox answered the phone. Fox said she had crack cocaine for sale for between $50 and $100, but all the woman had was $20.
The woman said Fox keeps crack cocaine in her bra or on her bed, and has sold it from the apartment before.
On Monday, Bennington Police executed a search warrant at 207 Maple St., where they found Fox and another woman. That woman was released, but Fox was questioned.
She told police she had crack cocaine in her bra. Police weighed it at 1.1 grams. She admitted to selling crack cocaine for the past seven months or so. Barber would drive her to Troy, N.Y., and front her money to purchase the drug so it could be sold in Bennington.
She also admitted to passing a fake $5 bill at the Cumberland Farms on Northside Drive and to giving police the name of her friend when questioned in order to avoid being arrested for driving under a suspended license.
Police found six counterfeit $5 bills in the apartment, along with 4.2 grams of marijuana on Fox’s bed, and 2.5 grams in a pill bottle in her purse. Fox has five failures to appear in court on her record.
According to another affidavit, Fox sold crack cocaine to a "cooperating individual" police had sent to make the purchase.
While police were searching the apartment, Barber came in. He admitted to having one and a half Clonazepam tablets in his possession, and to selling crack cocaine.
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