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Police arrest 26 Orleans County residents on drug charges

in Newport/News by

NEWPORT — A total of 26 people were arrested today in Orleans County for various offenses related to heroin and opiate trafficking.

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Police say the arrests stem from an ongoing investigation that took place over the course of seven months, when the Vermont Drug Task Force conducted multiple drug investigations focusing on heroin and opioids.

The investigations were in response to multiple opiate-related overdoses in Orleans County.

In 2016 law enforcement reported 21 overdoses in Orleans County, three fatal and 18 non-fatal. These numbers reflect only the overdoses reported to law enforcement as the majority of non-fatal opiate overdoses go unreported to authorities.

After conducting a total of 79 controlled purchases of illegal drugs, the Vermont Drug Task Force concluded its joint operation with the arrest of 26 defendants on 87 different charges, including the sale of heroin, sale of crack cocaine, and aiding in the commission of a felony.

Their names and charges are listed below:

Jason Abel, 31, of Newport:
Sale of Heroin (4) counts
Sale of Fentanyl (1) count

Terry Adams, 33, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Joshua Bean, 33, of North Troy
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Danielle Benoit, 27, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count
Court Date: Wanted

Donovan Blouin, 24, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (4) counts

Nicholas Brown, 22, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (4) counts

Natasha Cady, 23, of Derby
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Byron Camber, 21, of North Troy
Sale of Heroin (1) count
Aiding in the Commission (1) count

Robert Cote, 28, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (2) counts

Greg Crease, 26, of Derby
Sale of Heroin (2) counts
Aiding in the Commission (1) count

Zachary Flanagan, 30, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Tiana Gosselin, 24, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (2) counts

Gordon Kidder, 31, of Sutton
Sale of Crack Cocaine (1) count

Nathan Ladieu, 36, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Kenneth Lafave, 25, of Albany
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Jeffrey Markum-Shelton, 34, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (3) counts

Joshua McAllister, 27, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (5) counts

Jacob McDonald, 32, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Michael McFarland, 33, of Derby
Sale of Heroin (2) counts

Arretta Miller, 32, of Morgan
Sale of Narcotic (1) count
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Dana Nadeau, 30, of Charleston
Sale of Heroin (1) count

Erin O’Connell, 33, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count
Aiding in the Commission (2) counts

Sonya Perkins, 27, of Newport
Aiding in the Commission (1) count

Mickayla Peters, 18, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (6) counts

Ashleigh Potwin, 25, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count
Aiding in the Commission (1) count

Kenneth Potwin Sr., 48, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (3) counts

Jeffrey Savage, 25, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (2) counts

Michael Stevens, 21, of Derby
Aiding in the Commission (1) count

Isaiah Surdam, 33, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (1) count
Aiding in the Commission (1) count

Amy Tullis, 34, of Newport
Sale of Non-Regulated (3) counts
Sale of Narcotics (1) count

Belinda Turk, 32, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (2) counts

Joseph Rushford, 23, of Newport
Sale of Heroin (2) counts

Joshua Limlaw, 27, of Lowell
Possession/Trafficking/Transporting into the State; Heroin (1) count

Jonathan Letourneau, 27, of Newport Center
Conspiracy Heroin (1) count

Shawn Gardner, 31, of Troy
Conspiracy Heroin (1) count

Laura Brasseur, 29, of Newport
Conspiracy Heroin (1) count

Brandon Sheltra, 21, of Newport
Conspiracy Heroin (1) count

Jeremy Bathalon, 28, of Derby
Possession/Trafficking/Transport into the State; Heroin (1) count

Police say investigations into additional opiate distribution operations are still ongoing and further arrests are expected in the future.