"Operation Icebreaker" drug raids net five arrests in Windsor
More details on all five suspects are expected Thursday
WINDSOR - Police kicked in doors and arrested five people across downtown Windsor beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning as part of an on-going drug interdiction effort being called "Operation Icebreaker."
Three of the five suspects were brought before a judge late Wednesday afternoon in a rare overtime arraignment session at the courthouse in downtown White River Junction which stretched on until after darkness had fallen.
Steven Mann, 56, of Windsor was released after he pleaded innocent to four drug related counts
Problems with the paperwork that had accompanied the other two suspect's cases prompted Judge Timothy Tomasi to release them with citations ordering them to return Thursday afternoon to continue their arraignments.
Because of the late hour, the individual case files were not available Wednesday but prosecutors said that the charges were all drug-related and ranged up to four counts per individual for selling narcotics ranging from Suboxone to heroin, "bath salts," Klonopin and marijuana, which one defense attorney noted was somewhat ironically in the process of being (partially) legalized by the Legislature in Montpelier even as Wednesday's hearings were proceeding.
Leona Hunt, 37, of Windsor, has no prior criminal record and was released after pleading innocent to her charges
Three of the suspects also face charges alleging cruelty to children.
Steven Mann, 56, of Windsor; Jacqueline Bright, 23, of West Windsor and Leona Hunt, 37, of Windsor all made it into the courtroom and entered innocent pleas to their charges.
Chasity Forman, 31, of Windsor and Heather Lord (Pacetti), 34, of Claremont, New Hampshire were released from the holding cells and are due back in court to answer their charges on Thursday when more information on the details of all five cases is expected to be made public.
Windsor Police said "Operation Icebreaker" began six month ago with a series of complaints that were passed along by the public. Since then it has continued with the aid of several regional law enforcement agencies. Police say that more arrests are expected.
Jacqueline Bright, 23, of West Windsor pleaded innocent and was released after she told the court that she recently graduated from rehab at Valley Vista and is seeing a recovery counselor. She is also expected to face probation violations.
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