Bennington man faces multiple drug charges after task force arrest

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BENNINGTON — A 36-year-old local man was arrested on Friday on charges including fentanyl trafficking and cocaine sale after a three-month investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

Thomas Mayer of Bennington was taken into custody by the Vermont Drug Task Force and Bennington Police Department on two counts of fentanyl trafficking, one count of the sale of cocaine, and three counts of violation of conditions of release.

The arrest operation included joint efforts by the Vermont Drug Task Force, Bennington Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations, with support from the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators used confidential informants to purchase drugs directly from Mayer during the course of the investigation.

Mayer was previously bound by pre-trial conditions of release related to several recent criminal charges in Bennington, which included fentanyl trafficking among others.

He had been released on a $5,000 cash bond on Nov. 28 after his November arrest.

Following his latest arrest, Mayer was processed at the Bennington Police Department and held on $10,000 bail.

The Bennington County Sheriff’s Department transported him to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility.

He is scheduled to appear in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Bennington at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, to face his charges.

The Bennington County State’s Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.

Authorities encourage anyone with additional information to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.

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