Massive drug sweep nets dozens in Bennington County

Wednesday January 16, 2013

BENNINGTON - More than 100 local, state and federal law enforcement officers are taking part in a massive drug sweep in and around Bennington targeting 63 individuals.

Teams of police began fanning out throughout the area early Wednesday morning in tactical gear. A Vermont State Police mobile command unit at the Bennington Firehouse is dispatching teams.

"The Vermont State Police are pleased to be coordinating with multiple state, local, county, and federal agencies to combat the growing drug problem in southern Vermont," said Colonel Tom L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police.

Police are planning a 2 p.m. press conference to update the public on what police have called "Operation County Strike." The sweep is believed to be one of the largest drug sweeps in the state's history.

Arraignment hearings are expected to take place in Bennington County Superior Court Criminal Division throughout the day, according to court clerks.

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