A drug bust by federal agents and Vermont State Police led to the arrest of five people and the seizure of crack cocaine and a handgun en route to Rutland City on Wednesday.
As part of a continuing investigation of illegal drug trafficking in the city, members of the Vermont Drug Task Force along with federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stopped a vehicle on Route 103 in Clarendon that contained almost 21 grams of crack cocaine.
Police also found a .22-caliber handgun on one of the vehicle’s occupants.
Police arrested all five people in the vehicle, including Rutland residents James Collins, 32, Michael Hurst, 27, Nicholas Louras, 26, and Arabella Babcock, 20, as well as Samuel McGriff, 29, of Catskill, N.Y.
Bail was set at $250,000 for Collins, who uses the street name “J Real” and was the individual in possession of the loaded .22-caliber handgun; $100,000 for McGriff, known as “Twist;” $75,000 for Hurst, AKA “Show or Showtime;” $50,000 for Louras” and $50,000 for Babcock.
All five remain jailed in Rutland pending arraignments in Rutland criminal court today.