Four facing charges after Bennington apartment searched for drugs


BENNINGTON >> Four people are facing charges after police found heroin and other drugs at a Beech Street home on Tuesday.

Andrew Peltier, 35, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court to felony counts of heroin possession, and conspiracy to sell drugs. He was released under $2,500 bail.

Steven M. Collette, 27, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of heroin sale, conspiracy to sell drugs, heroin possession, and marijuana possession. He was held for lack of $2,500 bail.

Alexandra Hill, 30, of Troy, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to a felony count of conspiracy after the fact, and misdemeanor counts of false information to police, and possession of cocaine. She was held for lack of $1,000 bail.

Brittany Grover, 27, of Bennington, was listed as a co-defendant along with the other three and according to Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett has been cited to appear in court on Dec. 28.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Robert Murawski, on Tuesday at 4:55 p.m. he was sent to Beech Street to find Collette who had an active arrest warrant for a charge of giving false information to police. He met Collette coming out the door and arrested him.

Peltier came out and agreed to speak with Murawski. He told Murawski that he was in possession of heroin and there was heroin in the apartment. Peltier was found to be in possession of 16 white druggists folds containing heroin, and a bag of marijuana.

Police then seized the residence so they could search it and ordered everyone in to come outside. Officer Keith Diotte said that an unknown male had left the area after leaving the apartment.

Grover asked Murawski to go inside and retrieve her child's shoes. He did, and found a white druggist fold next to the shoes alongside a white straw. There was brown powder inside the fold, which he believed to be heroin. Grover said she did not know why there was a bag of heroin in the apartment.

Peltier told police he went to the Beech Street apartment to buy marijuana from Collette. There was a male there who went by the names "Spark" and "Vein." He threw two bags of heroin to Peltier and when Peltier said he had no money to pay, Spark told him he owed him $200 for the heroin.

Grover told police she was smoking marijuana with Collette when Spark, Peltier, and Hill came over. She said Spark gives Collette heroin to sell while he remains in the apartment and gives Collette and her extra heroin for their work. She said they use between six and seven bags a day by snorting it. This has been going on for about four months and they met Spark through Peltier. She said Peltier also sells heroin for Spark. More people used to come by the Beech Street home, but she put a stop to that because she did not want to lose her children.

Collette corroborated this, saying he's known Spark for six months and that Spark usually brings 100 bags of heroin and has Collette sell them to people who call Sparks on his cell phone. He said sometimes Peltier sells heroin with him.

He said Spark is in a relationship with Hill.

The search of the residence turned up a gram of crack cocaine, which was found in the same bag as Hill's wallet. She told police she just met Spark, doesn't use cocaine, and hasn't used heroin in two weeks.

Police also found 26 bags of heroin in the apartment.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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