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July 16, 2016

VSP- Drug Arrest- Crack Cocaine- Guns- Cash Seizer- Prostitution

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
               
CASE#: 16C302300
TROOPER: Luke Hall                                           
STATION: Shaftsbury                    
CONTACT#: 802-442-5421

DATE/TIME: July 15th 2016
LOCATION: Granger Hollow Road, North Bennington (VT)

ACCUSED: Olanda Fitz                                                                        
AGE: 28
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: North Bennington (VT)
VIOLATIONS: Sale/ Trafficking Crack Cocaine (Felony), Conspiracy to Sell/
Traffic Crack Cocaine (Felony)), Carrying a Firearm in the Commission of a
Felony (Felony), Aggravated Domestic Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Felony),
Pointing a Firearm at Another, Unlawful Restraint, Reckless Endangerment,
Prohibited Acts- Prostitution. 

ACCUSED: Amanda Fitz                                                                      
AGE: 31
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: North Bennington (VT)
VIOLATION:  Conspiracy to Sell/ Traffic Crack Cocaine (Felony), Possession of
Crack Cocaine (Felony).

VICTIM: The VSP do not release the identity of victims of domestic assault.


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
Vermont State Troopers of the Shaftsbury Barracks have been engaged in a lengthy
investigation involving Olanda Fitz, age 28, of North Bennington (VT).  For
months, Fitz was been selling large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, and
heroin in and throughout the greater Bennington area.  Fitz also participated in
sex for drugs transactions, which has led to the above prostitution charge.

On July 3, 2016, Olanda engaged in a domestic dispute with a family member and
Ex-intimate partner at a residence in Shaftsbury (VT).  During the incident,
Olanda pointed a firearm at his ex-intimate partner and threatened to kill her.

Intelligence gained during the investigation, along with information obtained as
a result of the above incident lead to a search warrant of two properties in
Shaftsbury (VT).

That search warrant resulted in the arrest of Olanda Fitz and Amanda Fitz.  Each
of their charges are listed above.

During the search, Troopers were assisted by Special Agents with the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive's (ATF- NY and VT), Vermont State Game Wardens,
and the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force. 

The following items were located during the search:
- Approximately 1 oz of Crack Cocaine
- Marijuana
- 17 Firearms (handguns, semiautomatic rifles, shotguns)
- $17,100 cash

Both Olanda and Amanda were processed at the Shaftsbury Barracks and later
lodged at MCVV in Rutland (VT).  Olanda has been held without bail until his
arraignment on Monday, July 18, 2016.  Amanda has held for lack of $5,000 bail until
her arraignment on Monday July 18, 2016.

This case is still ongoing at this time.  Additional arrests may result.

Mug Shots: Yes
Court: July 18, 2016 @ 12:30 hours
Finger Prints: Yes


Respectfully,
Trooper Luke Hall

VERMONT STATE POLICE
Troop C- Shaftsbury Barracks
96 Airport Road,
Shaftsbury, VT 05262
(802)442-5421