Police focus on Mack Avenue in West Lebanon
WEST LEBANON, NH - An increased police presence this month on a neighborhood street near the Mount Lebanon Elementary School resulted in the drug-related arrests of two Lebanon men, each of whom had already been arrested earlier this year in unrelated incidents.
Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello said Tuesday that police had received complaints about an unusual amount of foot traffic and vehicles coming in-and-out of a particular address on Mack Avenue, which sits a couple of streets behind the Kilton Public Library, and that led to "Problem Oriented Policing Project" focusing down on that small residential street with additional police patrols on foot, on bicycles and using officers in plainclothes.
On Monday police said a traffic stop involving a car that was in the process of leaving the area led officers back to "a residence where suspected drug sales were being made" and resulted in the arrests of Anthony Hutchinson, 28 of Mack Avenue and Christopher Bradford, 23, of Parkhurst Street in downtown Lebanon.
Hutchinson is being charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Cocaine, possession of the controlled drug Gabapentin (an epilepsy drug) and a misdemeanor count of violating the Controlled Drugs Act.
Back on July 4th, Hutchinson was one of two men who were arrested after they allegedly pushed nearly $2,000 worth of groceries out the front door of the Price Chopper store and then abandoned the cart and ran to a nearby car when they were confronted by a store security officer. Police caught up with their vehicle a short time later and charged Hutchinson and the other man with felony theft.
Earlier this year, in February, Hutchison was also one of four people arrested in the course of another drug investigation centered on Mack Avenue when Lebanon Police detectives executed a search warrant on a residence there and located an indoor marijuana growing operation. At that time, Hutchinson was charged with felony counts of cultivating and manufacturing marijuana and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Anthony Hutchinson, 28, of West Lebanon faces multiple felony drug charges
Police said they gathered information during Monday's investigation that led to Bradford's arrest on felony charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Bradford was previously arrested in April by the Vermont State Police after troopers said they intercepted a car in which he was the passenger just north of the Massachusetts border on Interstate 91 returning from an alleged drug run. Bradford was charged with felony counts of transporting heroin into Vermont and for possession of cocaine.
Christopher Bradford, 23, of Lebanon faces new felony charges of intent to distribute heroin and cocaine
As a result of Monday's arrests both Hutchinson and Bradford were held on $7,500 cash
bail each and transported to the Grafton County House of
Corrections to await arraignment.
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