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Burlington police bust Brooklyn ‘drug crew,’ officers say

BURLINGTON — Police said they arrested two members of a “drug crew” out of Brooklyn, New York, and a Vermont man they said was helping the pair sell their product during a raid last Friday.

Trevon Sutherland, 22, and Jermaine Rushing, 20, were arrested on drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a Lafountain Street home, where they encountered the two in the bathroom and found 100 bags of heroin in the toilet, according to a news release.

Trevon Sutherland, 22, was arrested during a drug raid in Burlington. Courtesy photo / Burlington Police Department

Police said they also discovered $4,500 in cash and a loaded handgun. Friday’s bust was the second this month where suspected drug dealers were arrested with a loaded gun, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Paul Petralia said Sutherland and Rushing’s crew trafficks heroin and cocaine to Burlington from Brooklyn, relying on local residents for places to stay and to sell their drugs for them when they arrive from New York.

Keith Spaulding, 51, of Burlington, was among those helping them operate in the Queen City, according to police. He was arrested Friday too, and is charged with felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of heroin. Spaulding pleaded not guilty in Chittenden County Superior Court and was released pending trial.

Keith Spaulding, 51, faces drug charges after a raid in Burlington. Courtesy photo / Burlington Police Department

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont has sought to bring attention to the role local residents play in supporting out-of-state drug traffickers, providing them with housing, transportation and customers.

Federal prosecutors, working with multiple law enforcement agencies, brought cases against 10 Winooski residents who are accused of opening their homes to drug dealers.

Sutherland was charged with three felonies for the alleged sale of cocaine and heroin. He pleaded not guilty and is being held at Northwestern State Correctional Facility in St. Albans on a $20,000 bond.

Detective Lt. Michael Warren said police are in the process of filing more information to support the charges they sought against Rushing, who was released.

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