NEWPORT — Two members of the Newport Police Department were recognized for their roles assisting with the arrest of more than two dozen individuals in Orleans County on drug charges earlier this year.
Chief Seth DiSanto and Sgt. Travis Bingham were recognized by the New England Narcotic Officers Association last week for their contributions to a Vermont Drug Task Force operation that included 79 controlled drug purchases and 87 charges—including the sale of heroin, the sale of crack cocaine and aiding in the commission of a felony—against 32 individuals throughout Orleans County.
Of those arrested, 25 were Newport residents.
The arrests, which all came on Feb. 14, were the result of a months-long investigation that would not have been possible without the cooperation of numerous law enforcement agencies, including the Newport Police Department and Vermont Drug Task Force.
Chief DiSanto and Sgt. Bingham, along with Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett, were recognized late last month with the Henry “Hank” Haverkoch Memorial Award, which is named in honor of the late Bennington Police Department officer who is remembered for his unwavering commitment to keeping the youth of his community drug free.
“I am proud of everyone who was involved in this operation, which stands as a great example of what is possible when law enforcement agencies collaborate and work together,” Chief DiSanto said. “These deadly drugs pose a serious threat to our community and we will remain committed to holding dealers accountable for their actions.”