Sunderland man pleads not guilty to selling heroin

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BENNINGTON -- Police have accused two brothers of selling drugs based on information obtained from an informant.

Dennis Winchell Jr., 27, of Sunderland, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of heroin sale, and a misdemeanor count of heroin possession. He was released on conditions. Named in that docket as a co-defendant was his brother, Travis Winchell, 20, who has not yet been arraigned.

Dennis Winchell was also charged separately for allegedly selling and possessing narcotics. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to an affidavit by a member of the Vermont Drug Task Force, in January they met with a "cooperating individual" or "CI" who said they could buy Suboxone from Dennis Winchell. They later said he had heroin for sale.

Police gave the CI $50 to buy two bags of heroin. The CI met Dennis Winchell, along with his brother, Travis Winchell, at the Stewart's Shop in Arlington. According to the CI, Travis Winchell handed Dennis Winchell the heroin after the CI gave the money to Dennis Winchell.

The CI was paid $160 by police for their involvement.

On another date, a CI was able to buy three "baby perks" from Dennis Winchell for $13 each. Police said the pills recovered were oxycodone hydrochloride, a type of narcotic. The CI was again paid $160 for their involvement.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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