Rutland couple arrested on drug charges during traffic stop

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RUTLAND — Two Rutland residents were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on Lincoln Avenue on May 8.

Louis Ross, 35, and Katelyn Sawyer, 35, were taken into custody by Vermont State Police after a K-9 unit from the Rutland Town Police Department indicated the presence of narcotics.

Ross was charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, while Sawyer was charged with possession of heroin and a violation of her conditions of release.

The stop occurred at approximately 11:22 a.m., when Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop for a violation and identified Ross, who was wanted on drug possession charges.

Sawyer was identified as the passenger.

During the stop, Troopers noted signs of drug activity, which led to the deployment of the K-9 and Ross’s subsequent arrest.

Suspected cocaine was found on Ross, and both Ross and Sawyer had property seized pending a search warrant.

After the search warrant was executed, suspected heroin was discovered in the seized property.

Sawyer’s arrest followed the revelation that she was under conditions of release not to possess illegal drugs.

Both Ross and Sawyer were processed at the State Police Rutland Barracks and released on citations to appear in Rutland County Superior Court to face the charges.

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