Burglary investigation leads to drug bust in Johnson

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JOHNSON — Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department detectives recovered stolen property and seized various illegal drugs during a search warrant execution on Sunday, resulting in multiple arrests.

The investigation began after a burglary was reported on Nov. 29, where two white water kayaks, tools, chainsaws, tree climbing gear, and a winch were stolen from a Johnson residence.

On Dec. 2, the Sheriff’s Department received information that led them to 1396 Plot Road, where the stolen items were suspected to be located.

A search warrant granted by Judge Mary Morrisey was carried out the following day by the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department with support from Morristown Police and Vermont State Police.

The search led to the recovery of one of the stolen kayaks and numerous other items with the victim’s name, confirming their origin from the burglary.

During the operation, authorities discovered crack cocaine, heroin packaging materials, a digital scale, and other drug paraphernalia.

This finding prompted a second search warrant by Judge Samuel Hoar, which uncovered approximately 25 grams of suspected cocaine, around 10 grams of suspected purple Fentanyl, and over 100 bags filled with suspected Fentanyl.

Present at the time of the search were five individuals, including Aaron Lambert, 45, Brent Currier, 55, Tina Phelps, 41, Jorge Ramirez, 35, and Trevor Beaudoin, 43.

Ramirez, a resident of Hartford, Connecticut, was arrested for possession of the drugs found on the premises and held on $25,000 bail due to being considered a flight risk.

Beaudoin was arrested on an outstanding warrant for eluding.

The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department anticipates additional charges and has reached out to the public for help in recovering the second stolen kayak and any further information regarding the crime.

Individuals with information are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 802-888-3502.

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