Winhall police find illegal drugs, guns

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WINHALL — The Winhall Police Department stopped another driver in possession of illegal drugs.

Winhall officer Jacob LaCasse stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 11:40 p.m. April 5 on Route 11/30 in Winhall.

The driver, Clayton Tobin, 26, had a civilly suspended driver's license and had pretrial conditions not to operate a motor vehicle, according to a Winhall press release. Tobin was placed under arrest and found to have 20 bags of what is suspected to be heroin on his person along with drug paraphernalia.

A later search of Tobin at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional facility in Rutland turned up another 12 bags of suspected heroin along with a small sandwich baggy containing a white powder that will be tested.

LaCasse asked for permission to search Tobin's vehicle and was given permission, but when LaCasse pulled a backpack out that belonged to Tobin, he refused consent to search the bag.

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Officers believed there may be other illegal items in the bag and Cpl. Jeremiah Rogers ordered his police dog, Gunnar to search the bag.

Gunnar alerted to the presence of illegal drugs. The bag was seized and a search warrant applied for, which was granted April 10.

A search of the bag on April 10 revealed the contents of the backpack included: a Glock 17 semiautomatic handgun, a .22 caliber revolver, 112 bags of suspected heroin, 15.1 grams of suspected crack cocaine, nine dabs of suspected LSD, two scales and a sandwich style plastic baggy containing an unknown brown powder.

Tobin was lodge at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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