By DOMENIC POLI

Reformer Staff

BELLOWS FALLS -- Ten people have been taken into custody, and another will reportedly turn himself in this afternoon, following a drug sweep weeks in the making by several area law enforcement agencies.

The Vermont State Police, the Windham County Sheriff's Department and the police departments of Bellows Falls, Wilmington, Dover, Springfield, Chester, and Walpole, N.H., arrested the individuals on drug charges after an investigation into the trafficking of heroin in Bellows Falls, according to the village's police department.

Bellows Falls Police Chief Ron Lake told the Reformer, Friday morning's drug sweep was a perfect example of teamwork between law enforcement agencies.

"You have to have that. It goes along with every drug sweep we do. We have to have that kind of cooperation," he said, adding that the sweep will not rid the area of its drug issues. "This is not going to cure our problem. This is a drop in the bucket. This is just part of doing police work."

Keith Tyrell Jr., 26, of Bellows Falls, was arrested and cited for sale of a regulated drug, possession of a regulated drug, two counts of possession of heroin and two counts of sale of heroin. Jason Cray, 26, of Bellows Falls, was cited for two counts of possession of heroin and two counts of sale of heroin. Brandon Arie, 30, of Saxtons River, was cited for sale of heroin and possession of heroin, while Amber Nichols, 32, of Springfield, was cited with sale of a regulated drug.

Greg Turner, 33, of Bellows Falls, was cited for two counts of possession of heroin and two counts of sale of heroin, while Glenn Turner, 34, of Westminster, was cited with sale of a regulated drug and possession of a regulated drug. Dustin Re, 22, of Bellows Falls, was cited with sale of heroin, possession of heroin, sale of a regulated drug and possession of a regulated drug, and Courtney Stone, 26, of Bellows Falls, was cited with sale of heroin and possession of heroin.

Robert Blodgett, 51, of Grafton, was cited with sale of a regulated drug, while Dan Forbush, 26, of Bellows Falls, was cited with sale of heroin, possession of heroin, sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine, sale of a regulated drug and possession of a regulated drug.

Lake told the Reformer that Phil Euber -- a 26-year-old Bellows Falls resident wanted on two counts of sale of heroin and two counts of possession of heroin -- called the BFPD and said he would turn himself in later in the afternoon.

According to the BFPD, Tyrell Jr. and Cray, were held on bail and will be arraigned today to answer to their charges. The others were transported to either the BFPD, the Springfield Police Department or the Vermont State Police barracks in Rockingham, where they were processed and released on citation to appear in Windham Superior Court: Criminal Division at a later date.

Lake said he believes his department has conducted bigger drug sweeps in the past. He also said there are other people the BFPD is attempting to arrest as part of the on-going investigation.