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BCSD Press Release on May 31st Drug Arrest

June 3, 2019

Sheriff Schmidt is pleased to announce that on Friday morning, May 31st shortly after 6 AM Deputies from the Bennington County Sheriff's Department, along with Bennington Police, the Vermont State Police and the Vermont Fish Wildlife Officers executed a search warrant on Murphy Lane in Pownal, Vermont looking for heroin.

Upon making entry police located Ronald J. George, age 28 and Shelby Rowe, age 24 of this Murphy Lane address.

In the course of the search law enforcement officers seized 2035 packets of Heroin, 39 Grams of Cocaine and Crack and $1417 dollars in cash and many items of paraphernalia. The street value of the seized heroin is estimated to be over $40,000.

Mr. George and Ms. Rowe were arrested are being charged in the Superior Court of Vermont, Bennington Criminal Division with:

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Trafficking Heroin
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Heroin
  • Possession of more than one ounce of Cocaine/Crack
  • Conspiracy to sell more that one ounce of cocaine/crack and
  • Manufacturing of Crack

Mr. George had cash bail set at $200.000 and Ms. Rowe had cash bail set at $75,000. They were remanded to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center in lieu of bail. They will be arraigned on Monday, June 3, 2019 on these felony charges.

Sheriff Schmidt is continuing his commitment to the county that this type of drug activity will not be tolerated, and he wants to thank Deputy Miller and Lt. Howard for their tireless effort on this investigation.

Detective Sergeant, Lloyd Dean