Cocaine and firearms confiscated from North Bennington residence


NORTH BENNINGTON —Two North Bennington residents have been arrested for possessing and selling cocaine after Vermont State Troopers have been engaged in an investigation for months.

Olanda Fitz, 28, has been selling large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin in the greater Bennington area, according to a release from Shaftsbury Trooper Luke Hall. An investigation ensued after a domestic dispute occurred on July 3 involving Olanda Fitz and two others at a residence in Shaftsbury. This led to a search warrant of two properties in that area.

On July 3, Olanda Fitz took part in a domestic dispute with a family member and ex-intimate partner. He pointed a firearm at the ex-intimate partner and threatened to kill her.

A search on July 15 on Granger Hollow Road in North Bennington by special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF-NY and VT), Vermont State Game Wardens, and the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force, police retrieved about one ounce of crack cocaine, marijuana, 17 firearms including handguns, semi automatic rifles and shotguns, and $17,1000 in cash, according to the release. Olanda Fitz and Amanda Fitz, 31, were arrested, processed at the Shaftsbury Barracks and then transferred to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland.

Olanda Fitz is being held without bail and expected in court on July 18. His charges consist of the sale of crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, carrying a firearm in the commission of a felony, aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm at another, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment and prostitution.

Amanda Fitz is being held for lack of $5,000 bail until her arraignment on July 18. She was charged with conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and the possession of crack cocaine.

The case is still under investigation and additional arrest may result.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.


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