Police: Suspected drug dealer left three kids and ran
Already headed toward a trial following a major bust last year
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A suspected drug dealer left her three young children behind in her car when she ran on foot from police who surprised her in the midst of an alleged transaction Saturday afternoon, Hartford police reported.
Police say that Stephanie Hewitt, 32, of North Pomfret was "in the process of attempting to conduct a drug sale" when an officer approached her vehicle and she fled into a nearby residence.
After she was chased into the house, a struggle ensued before Hewitt was placed under arrest and allegedly found to be in possession of 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, police said.
Hewitt, who was already facing a drug sales charge stemming from last year's "Operation Quicksand" bust in Windsor, was lodged at the Springfield jail Saturday evening for lack of $5,000 bail.
She is scheduled to be arraigned early next week on charges of possession and sale of crack cocaine, violation of pre-trial conditions of release, unlawful trespass into an occupied dwelling, impeding police, assault on an officer and three counts of cruelty to a child.
Police said the children were turned over to one of the childrens' father.
Hewitt, a 2003 graduate of Woodstock Union High School, was already due in court in a month's time for a pre-trial conference stemming from her arrest in May 2016 alongside four other suspected drug dealers in Windsor. At the time she pleaded innocent to one felony count of sale of heroin.
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