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August 19, 2016

VSP Arrest- Trafficking Heroin into Vermont (600 bags)

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE                                    
                                                                          
CASE#:                                   16C302879
TROOPER:                              LUKE HALL                                            
STATION:                               SHAFTSBURY                                
CONTACT#:                           (802)442-5421

DATE/TIME:                           08/19/2016 – 11:15 HOURS
LOCATION:                            VT ROUTE 9, SEARBURG, VT

VIOLATION:                           TRAFFICKING HEROIN INTO THE STATE OF VERMONT (INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE)
               
ACCUSED:                              THOMAS CROSS
AGE:                                       40
CITY:                                       BENNINGTON, VT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On August 19, 2016, at approximately 11:15 hours, Shaftsbury Troopers stopped a vehicle on VT Route 9, in the town of Searsburg (VT) for speeding and a vehicle equipment violation.  

During the stop, Troopers observed several drug indicators leading them to believe drugs were in the vehicle.  One of the passengers in the vehicle was identified as Thomas Cross, age 40, of Bennington (VT).

Troopers gained consent to search the vehicle.  During the search, Troopers found Cross to be in possession of six-hundred (600) bags of heroin.   Troopers also located additional evidence indicating Cross was trafficking the heroin back from Holyoke (MA) to Bennington (VT).

Cross was taken into custody and transported to the Shaftsbury Barracks for processing.  Cross was later lodged within the Marble Valley Correctional Center (MVCC) for lack of $150,000 bail.   Cross is scheduled to appear in the Bennington County Superior Court/ Criminal Division on August 22, 2016 at 12:30 hours. 

Cross’s mug shot is attached.

COURT DATE:  AUGUST 22, 2016 @ 12:30 HOURS                       
COURT:  BENNINGTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT/ CRIMINAL DIVISION
PHOTO: YES
PRINTS: YES


Trooper Luke Hall

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