Five arrested in handgun, heroin conspiracy

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WILMINGTON — Police announced Wednesday the arrest of five people in connection to a case where handguns were stolen and heroin was involved.

In May, the Wilmington Police Department were called to 140 Sun & Ski Road in Wilmington where two guns were allegedly taken from. A month later, the department learned about a separate investigation in Dover. A link was made to a Brown Buckmark .22 caliber handgun stolen from the Sun & Ski Road residence.

"Over the course of the next seven months, members of the Wilmington and Dover Police Departments in a joint investigation developed evidence through a series of interviews against the defendants showing they acted in a conspiracy to trade the handgun for heroin or to trade heroin for the handgun," said Wilmington Police Chief Joe Szarejko in a press release.

Arrested on Jan. 5 were Joseph Arsenault, 32, who is currently incarcerated at Southern State Correctional Facility, Conner Rusin, 23, of Wilmington, Amanda Strange, 28, of St. Johnsbury, Nicholas Dow, 25, of Brattleboro, and Michael Lenois Sr., 48, of Brattleboro.

All five individuals are being charged with use of a firearm while selling or dispensing a drug, which carries a potential three-year prison sentence. The defendants will be scheduled to appear in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division at different dates in February through March.

The Brattleboro Police Department assisted Dover and Wilmington departments in the investigation.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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