Drug task force arrests 16 in Springfield area sweep

Danielle Garceau

Sixteen area residents, including two from Chester, were arrested last week and two more are being sought by police in a drug sweep by the Vermont Drug Task Force.  According to a Vermont State Police press release today, the arrests came after several months of investigation into the sale of heroin and cocaine in the Springfield area.

On Monday, May 8, the task force executed a search warrant at 33 Union St. in Springfield. The warrant was issued after detectives had allegedly made several purchases of heroin from the owner of the house, Danielle Garceau, 37. Garceau was arrested on three counts of selling heroin, three counts of selling/dispensing heroin on school grounds and two counts of violation of conditions of release.

Glenna O’Connell

She was held on $2,000 bail and arraigned last Tuesday, May 9. Police say the search of the residence turned up an undisclosed quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Police also noted a number of health violations that were reported to state and local fire inspectors, who called the house uninhabitable. In addition to Garceau, 15 others were arrested and charged on various counts. Glenna O’Connell, 36, of Chester was charged with two counts each for the heroin and the sale of cocaine. She is being held at Southern State Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.

Most were released on citations to appear in court at later dates. They are:

  • Amanda Poller, 24, of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count;
  • Tevon Grey, 27, of Springfield, sale of heroin,  2 counts;
  • Brittian Stocker, 24, of Chester, sale of heroin, 1 count, selling/dispensing narcotics on school grounds, 1 count;
  • Aaron Montgomery,27, of Springfield, sale of heroin,  2 counts, selling/dispensing narcotics on school grounds, 1 count;
  • Debra Peltier, 39, of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count;
  • Jennifer Aldrich, 29, of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count;
  • Michael Dube, 35, of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count;
  • Cody Greenslit, 28, of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count;
  • Marcellus Knight, 23 of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count;
  • Donald Downing, 22 of Lebanon N.H., sale of heroin,  2 counts;
  • Robert Newton, 47, of Springfield, sale of heroin,  2 counts; and
  • Thomas Daniels, 44 of Springfield, sale of heroin,  2 counts.

Two of those charged are already in jail in Vermont. They are: Tammy O’Brien, 41, of Springfield, sale of heroin, 3 counts and Kyle Darrell, 25 of Springfield, sale of heroin, 1 count.

Two others who are no longer in the area are being sought on arrest warrants. They are: Tara Stone, 29, sale of heroin, 1 count and Mitchell Beauchamp, 28, sale of heroin, 3 counts.

This investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding drug sales in the Springfield area is encouraged to contact the Springfield Police Department at 885-2113 or the Vermont State Police in Westminster at 802-722-4600.

The Vermont Drug Task Force was assisted by the Springfield Police Department, the Vermont State Police Westminster Barracks, the Chester Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Defendants were processed at the Springfield Police Department and Chester Police Department.

A community forum will be scheduled for a later date by the Vermont State Police and the Springfield Police Department. The forum will be open to the public and will cover opiate-related topics such as treatment, prevention, education and law enforcement’s response to the issue. An updated press release will be issued with the date, time and location once the details are finalized.

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  1. Barre pinske says:

    Don’t be stupid. No one can do heroin recreationally. Don’t try it not once not ever!

    In my opinion the people arrested are not big time drug dealers they are vulnerable people caught up in an epidemic. Every week it seems we see reports of things being stolen for drug money, someone arrested bringing this crap up Rte. 91, busts for dealing or someone OD and died. I hardly heard a peep out of anyone in Chester when the pregnant girl died a few weeks back it’s as if the situation is so bad we don’t know what say. The girl in Castleton OD and died, was wrapped up and tossed in a shed on a property where a previous OD death occurred. Look at all the fun we are having at only $5 a bag you can’t get a Blueberry pancake for that. Recovery? It’s an 80% recidivism after treatment for heroin addicts. Huston we have a problem!

    We have to look at these chemicals as brain hijackers. We have an obvious example of an addictive chemical in Nicotine. Every time I see a smoker I think addict no one smokes any more because they like it they are hooked. Our bodies take in nicotine it gets in our system our bodies crave it again. Addictive drugs hijack our systems causing an ongoing need for more or face a painful withdrawal. If you take more of it will the cycle will start again it’s never ending. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs experts say it’s as addictive as heroin. Obviously shooting up heroin is way more dramatic as is the high and the pain of withdrawal. From what I understand heroin withdrawal is brutal and cravings can last for weeks, months or years. Heroin can kill you by using it one time smoking will kill you slowing and painfully. Bad drugs either way the point is they are in control you are addicted until the withdrawal passes.

    I don’t have answers but perhaps with the $18k a year per child we spend on education maybe the point that no one can do heroin recreationally could be mentioned? Maybe if it’s stated once a day K-12 like the pledge of allegiance it may stick in their heads and 12 years from now we will not have a problem? Education worked for the AIDS crises it should work for this problem with the right message. I’d say no one as of yet could do H for fun everyone who’s tried has had their life go to crap while using, many died and many end up in jail. If you can quit it you have a life long struggle staying clean. You could be the first recreational user but you may want to think about it. We have had safe sex become common place through education highly addictive drugs are not safe in any fashion. Healthy or healthier means of escape are in order.

    I am extremely upset with our culture. How is it possible we can put more effort into promoting recycling than the health well being of our own species? Something has to be dreadfully wrong in our culture to have so many people naive to the danger or willing to ignore the risk to escape reality. We live in one of the most beautiful States yet we are rated 48th economically and at the top of the list of States with a heroin problem. This make no sense to me. I think about the influence guy’s like Bernie Sanders and Micheal Moore have pontificating and pointing fingers at all that is wrong. Where are they when there is a real demon, killing people, rotting our culture and eroding the American dream?

    I thought I had seen the worst of drugs back in the day and we would grow better as a society today it’s worse than ever. I would argue we have had a break down in family structure, Religious leaders have failed big time not just with the atrocious sex scandals, but by not evolving as spiritual leaders preserving culture while reflecting a more global concept of religion. We also seem to have fewer ways to gather and have a greater sense of community especially if you are poor or on the fringe of society. We have less middle class jobs, we are over regulated, over burdened and over taxed.

    I bet everyone arrested has an existing IRS issue and an unsurmountable debt that will grow with these charges. These types of burdens make facing reality even harder. This problem takes away from all of our potential prosperity by costing us in law enforcement, the legal system, treatment, incarceration and by people not contributing to society or the economy in a positive way. Oh and yes these people are parents too. It’s a great environment for kids to grow up in.

    This is a damn mess I will be at the community forum. I’m tired of this I hope we can do something.
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  2. Jennifer says:

    My cousin died because of drugs, but I don’t blame anybody because he chose to put the needle in his arm. I have been in recovery for the last three and a half years. The last thing I would do is call my dealers murderers. Granted they’re doing something wrong, but I chose the life I lived.

  3. Al says:

    Why should they all be in jail? In that case, so should our country for letting it in. If there were more jobs and affordable living and programs that our president is cutting funding to, maybe we wouldn’t have this problem.

  4. These people should all be in custody. They are a danger to society and should be treated as such. My son died from a heroin overdose two and a half years ago in New York state.

    I have no idea if the person who sold him the heroin was ever pursued and brought up on charges. That leaves me with unanswered questions and the sickening feeling that this person will kill again … a very hard way for me to live the rest of my life.

    Heroin is killing our young people all over the country and these dealers should be treated like the murderers they are. Addiction is a disease of the brain and people need help. There is no help available in Vermont.

    I know because I tried to find a long-term treatment center in Vermont for my son and there was nothing. Not one bed was available and the “long term” treatment was 30 days. This is a desperate plea for Vermont to stand up, accept that there is a huge problem in our state and do something about it. Don’t wait until it’s your child who dies. Lock these people up and throw away the key.

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