MANCHESTER >> Five people are facing charges after a police officer who saw a lit cigarette being thrown from their vehicle's window found drugs and reportedly stolen items in the car.
The incident happened on April 27 at 8:20 p.m., according to Manchester Police Officer Anthony Carroccio. He said the driver of the vehicle was Brandi Merrow, 39, (AKA Brandi Grover). In the car with her was Michael Lenois, 48, Jonathan Lenois, 24, Timothy Wainwright, 40, and Samantha Merrill, 26.
Carroccio wrote in a release that he learned one of the passengers was in possession of a needle he had used to inject heroin. Merrow did not give police permission to search the car, so it was seized while police applied for a warrant. They received it and on April 29 searched the vehicle with help of Vermont State Police and a dog.
Inside the car, police found 20 bags of Fentanyl and a Tramadol pill, both narcotics, and numerous articles of clothing with security tags and hangers still attached. Police learned the clothing had been reported stolen from stores in Bennington, among them Kmart, JCPenny, Olympia Sports, Maurices, and Walmart.
All were cited to appear in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit as follows.
• Merrow: According to police, Merrow has already appeared in court. She was cited for possession of stolen property, and possession of a narcotic.
• Merrill: Police said Merrill is set appear in court on June 6 to answer to charges of possession of a narcotic, and possession of stolen property.
• Jonathan Lenois: Police say he is cited for June 20 for possession of a narcotic.
• Michael Lenois: Police say he will appear in court on June 26 to answer a possession of narcotic charge.
• Wainwright: Carroccio said Friday that Wainwright is being sought for a citation and police will seek a warrant for his arrest.