Guns, drugs seized in Windham County during poaching investigation

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ATHENS — Authorities say a poaching investigation in Windham County led to the seizure of drugs and guns last week.

Seven firearms and approximately 3,000 rounds of ammunition alleged to have been illegally possessed, approximately 880 bags of suspected heroin and fentanyl, and a large amount of U.S. currency was seized in Athens on March 3.

The seizures took place during execution of a search warrant for evidence of deer taken illegally and for the illegal possession of firearms in Athens.

Along with Vermont State Game Wardens, collaborating law enforcement included Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations, and the Vermont State Police.

“This case is a great example of the cooperation between the Vermont Warden Service and its state and federal partners in law enforcement,” said Game Warden Colonel Jason Batchelder.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released soon police say.

They have not yet released the names of those arrested.

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