Operation Strike Two defendants arraigned
KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- Many of those arrested in the "Operation Strike Two" drug sweep in Bennington County Wednesday were arraigned that afternoon Vermont Superior Court.
Police released to the public a list of people they were searching for in connection with the drug trade, just as they did in January during "Operation County Strike."
Some defendants were released under the condition they have no contact with "CI," which stands for "cooperating individual." These are people the Vermont Drug Task Force worked with to arrange drug purchases from suspected dealers.
Criminal docket information can be accessed at a public computer terminal at the Bennington State Office Complex at 150 Veterans Memorial Drive. The following information comes from that database: * Kevin Adamovich, 24, of Bethany, Conn., had probable cause found on a felony and misdemeanor charge of sale of depressant/stimulant/narcotics. He has not been arraigned and a warrant has not been issued for his arrest.
* Kathleen Breshanham, 45, of Bennington, was listed on the Operation Strike Two list, but no record of her was apparent in the court’s database.
* Bonnie Bucchieri, 23, of Arlington, pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor counts of selling heroin. She was released on conditions that she not contact CI.
* Christopher D. Coyne, 28, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty to felony sale of cocaine, conspiracy to sell drugs, and dispensing a regulated drug from a dwelling. He was placed under $2,500 bail and ordered to not have contact with CI, Cedric Daniels, or Danielle Lake. According to the Department of Corrections online "Offender Locator," Coyne is not in custody.
* Edward Crandall Jr., 36, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to two counts of heroin sale, selling drugs near a school, and misdemeanor heroin possession. He was placed under $5,000 bail, which he posted, ordered not to have contact with CI or Daniel Reddan, and is not allowed within 100 feet of an elementary school.
* Cedric Daniels, 35, of Pownal, is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 8 for a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. On Aug. 14 he pleaded not guilty to selling cocaine, possessing a weapon while committing a felony, and conspiracy to sell drugs. He was ordered to be held without bail and according to the DOC is being held in the Rutland jail.
* Tracy Eastman, 41, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony cocaine sale, two counts of misdemeanor cocaine possession, four counts of selling regulated drugs from a dwelling, two felony counts of selling heroin, and misdemeanor heroin possession. He was placed under $50,000 bail and according to the DOC is at the Rutland jail. He is not allowed contact with CI.
* Nicholas Gillotti, 30, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of selling heroin, and one felony count of heroin possession. He was placed under $25,000 bail and is in custody at the Rutland jail.
* Deidre M. Jefferson, 20, of Manchester Center, was on the Strike Two list being sought for drug related charges. A judge found probable cause for them, but no arrest warrant has been issued, nor has she been arraigned.
* Danielle Lake, 32, of Bennington, is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 21 for a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. In August, she pleaded not guilty to multiple drug charges and was placed under $50,000 bail, however it was suspended while she is in a drug treatment facility.
* Bryan Peltier, 38, of Bennington, was on the operation’s list, but court records indicate he was not arrested or arraigned. He was arrested in Operation County Strike, however, and pleaded not guilty to a felony count of selling heroin, and a misdemeanor charge of heroin possession.
* Ashley Rafus, 25, of Manchester Center, pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of selling cocaine, four counts of selling drugs from a dwelling, and four misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession. She was placed under $5,000 bail, and according to DOC is not in custody. She must check in daily at the Manchester Police Department, abide by a 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, and not contact Joseph Wright or CI.
* Daniel C. Reddan, 31, of Manchester, was on the operation list as being wanted for drug charges. Court records indicate he was not arrested nor has a warrant been issued for his arrest.
* Harley D. Reynolds, 18, of Bennington, was on the operation list, however the state dismissed the charges against her without prejudice, meaning they could be brought again.
* Chalissa Shakir, 20, of Bennington, was on the list and arrested after turning herself in, however her name did not come up when searched for on the public access terminal.
* Kayleigh Sigsbury, 27, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of selling cocaine, and a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. She was placed under $5,000 bail, is not in custody, and must check in daily at the Bennington Police Station, and not contact CI.
* Christopher Stevens, 22, of Manchester Center, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of heroin and cocaine sale, and misdemeanor charges of cocaine and heroin possession. He was placed under $5,000 bail, is not in custody, and must obey a 24-hour curfew at his home. He is not allowed contact with CI.
* Beverly Stratton, 36, of Shaftsbury, pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor counts of depressant/stimulant/narcotic sale. She was released on conditions she not contact CI.
* Mark J. Stratton, 30, of Bennington, was on the operation list but was not arrested or arraigned.
* Domenic M. Thane, 22, pleaded not guilty to false pretenses, felony heroin sale, misdemeanor heroin possession, felony and misdemeanor depressant/stimulant/narcotic possession, and violating release conditions. He was placed under $5,000 bail and is listed by DOC as being in custody. If he is released he must abide by a 24-hour curfew at a home in Pownal and not contact CI.
* Joseph E. Wright, of Manchester, pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor cocaine sale. He must check in daily at the Manchester Police headquarters, not contact Rafus, or CI.
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