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St. Johnsbury Woman Sentenced To Five To Six Years Imprisonment For Heroin Charges

CONTACT: Cathy Norman, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

May 6, 2014

Caledonia County resident, Deborah Clark, aged 54, was sentenced to five to six years to serve in Superior Court in St. Johnsbury on May 5, 2014. She entered guilty pleas to three charges: sale of heroin; aiding in a sale of heroin; and conspiracy to traffic heroin.

Affidavits filed with the Court indicate that Clark sold heroin to a confidential informant (CI) who was cooperating with the North East Vermont Drug Task Force (NEVDTF) in the parking lot of her Depot St. apartment in St. Johnsbury on May 13, 2013.

Nine days later, on May 22, 2013, the confidential informant again arranged to buy heroin from Clark. However, Clark did not want to leave her apartment, and the CI had been instructed by a NEVDTF Officer not to go in to Clark’s apartment. So Clark sent her twenty-four year old daughter Brittany Clark to deliver the cocaine instead. Brittany Clark was sentenced on March 24, 2014 to a probationary sentence including a condition that she seek drug treatment and counseling for that felony sale of heroin.

During the course of the investigation, NEVDTF officers were able to identify the vehicle used by two men whom Deborah Clark regularly supplied with cash to drive to Connecticut to buy heroin to bring back to Vermont for her and others in the St. Johnsbury area. In the early hours of June 6, 2013, a uniformed Vermont State Police stopped the vehicle after observing the driver committing a traffic violation. The officer had already been informed that the vehicle was suspected of being used to transport heroin. After the driver lied to the officer about where he had come from and exhibited an extreme level of nervousness even after being informed that he had been stopped for a relatively minor traffic infraction, the officer used his K-9 to conduct a drug sniff around the vehicle. The dog alerted on the vehicle indicating the presence of contraband.

The NEVDTF obtained a warrant to search the vehicle. During execution of the warrant, police found a total of 540 bags of heroin in the vehicle. Charges are pending against the driver and the passenger of the vehicle.

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