7 arrested in Springfield drug bust following 4-month investigation

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SPRINGFIELD — Seven individuals were arrested on various charges following the execution of a search warrant at 78 Valley Street in Springfield today.

The operation, which involved multiple law enforcement agencies, was the result of a four-month drug investigation conducted by the Vermont Drug Task Force into the distribution of fentanyl and cocaine from the residence.

Among those arrested were Matthew Runnells and Cody Betit, who were charged with the sale of cocaine and fentanyl. Both had active arrest warrants at the time of their arrest for offenses unrelated to the investigation.

Jaylenn Baez was charged with fentanyl trafficking, cocaine possession, and prohibited person in possession of a firearm, while Zahira Dullary was charged with fentanyl trafficking and cocaine possession.

Elise Nuccio and Amber White were arrested on warrants by the Springfield Police Department.

Nuccio had failed to appear to answer charges of burglary, accessory aiding in the commission of assault and robbery, and violation of conditions of release, while White was found to be a fugitive out of New Hampshire with an extraditable arrest warrant for failure to appear to answer a felony charge of possession of crack cocaine.

During the search of the residence, police found evidence of drug use, drug distribution, and a firearms offense.

Approximately 42 grams of fentanyl, 25 grams of cocaine base, a loaded handgun, and additional ammunition were discovered in an upstairs bedroom believed to belong to Baez and Dullary.

An additional 56 grams of an unknown substance was also located.

Runnells, Betit, Baez, and Dullary were processed at the Westminster State Police Barracks and lodged at the Southern State Correctional Center.

Their bail amounts ranged from $25,000 to $100,000, and they are due to appear in Windsor District Court – Criminal Division in White River Junction on May 10, 2024.

The Windsor County State’s Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the cases. A

nyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-722-4600.

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