St. Johnsbury man arrested on fentanyl trafficking, crack cocaine possession charges

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A local man was arrested late Saturday night on charges of fentanyl trafficking and possession of crack cocaine following a foot chase by police officers.

The St. Johnsbury Police Department reported that on Nov. 11 at 10:36 p.m., Corporal George Johnson and Deputy Deos were on patrol when they recognized Albert Vieira, 30, with an active arrest warrant at the St. Johnsbury Bike Path Pavilion at 195 Bay Street.

Upon spotting the officers, Vieira attempted to flee the scene on foot.

A brief chase ensued, with Deputy Deos pursuing Vieira on foot and Corporal Johnson maneuvering the patrol car to intercept.

Vieira eventually tripped in the dark, allowing the officers to take him into custody after a short struggle.

During the arrest, police found Vieira in possession of 80 baggies of powder that field-tested positive for fentanyl.

Vieira, a resident of St. Johnsbury, was lodged on his warrant and cited for new charges of fentanyl trafficking.

Vieira is scheduled to appear in Caledonia court on Jan. 22 at 8:30 a.m. for these charges.

The St. Johnsbury Police Department has requested that any further inquiries be directed to Corporal George Johnson at 802-748-2314.

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