Three arrested in Shaftsbury drug bust, fentanyl and cocaine seized

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SHAFTSBURY — Vermont State Police arrested three individuals on May 31 following a major drug bust that uncovered fentanyl, cocaine, and evidence of drug trafficking at a local residence known for prior criminal activity.

Kiona Kinney, 28, was taken into custody and faces charges for the sale of cocaine and violating conditions of her previous release.

During the search of Kinney’s residence at 218 Twitchell Hill Rd., law enforcement officials discovered over 500 bags of fentanyl, a quantity of cocaine, ammunition, and other drug paraphernalia.

Denise Huether, 57, and Jeffrey Millette, 30, were also arrested in connection with the investigation.

Huether is charged with possession of cocaine and selling regulated drugs from a dwelling, while Millette faces charges for fentanyl trafficking.

The coordinated effort included members from the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, Bennington Police Department, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Manchester Police Department, in conjunction with detectives from the Vermont Drug Task Force.

The same residence was the site of a non-fatal drug-related shooting last October, leading to the arrests of Mohamad Hamdi and Matthew Osei, who are now facing multiple charges including accessory to attempted first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Kinney, who had open charges for cocaine possession and leaving the scene of an accident, was processed at the state police barracks in Shaftsbury.

She is scheduled for a court appearance on Aug. 5 at 8:15 a.m. in the Bennington Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court.

Huether and Millette were also processed at the Shaftsbury barracks and are due in court on July 29 at 8:15 a.m. for their arraignment.

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

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