Salem, N.Y. men held for lack of $50k bail on heroin trafficking charges

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BENNINGTON — Two New York men are being held for lack of $50,000 bail after Winhall Police seized 123 bags of heroin during a traffic stop.

Charles J. Cleveland Jr., 21, and Francs P. Furnelli, 24, both of Salem, N.Y., each pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to felony counts of trafficking heroin, heroin possession, and trafficking heroin transported from out-of-state. They are being held at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland.

According to an affidavit by Winhall Police Officer, Jeremiah Rogers, on Oct. 30 at 9:37 p.m. he was parked at the Bondville Post Office off Route 30 and saw a vehicle leave the nearby 7-Eleven. He checked the registration and learned it had expired so he conducted a traffic stop.

Cleveland was the driver. His driver's license had been revoked in New York. Rogers said both he and Furnelli had bloodshot eyes and they admitted to having smoked marijuana. They allowed the vehicle to be searched. Inside police found a small amount of marijuana and 123 bags of heroin with labels "Lucky Charms," "American Gangster," and "Team Money."

Rogers said that Furnelli admitted to going to Holyoke, Mass. with Cleveland to buy heroin then split the product. Cleveland denied knowing there was heroin in the car and said he'd gone to Holyoke so Furnelli could see his mother. He said Furnelli did ask to stop at a friend's house on the way back.

Vermont State Police assisted with the investigation.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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