GRANVILLE — State Police arrested three people, one of them a Vermont woman believed to be a major heroin dealer in Vermont and eastern New York, on Friday when seizing a significant amount of heroin and crack cocaine.
Included in one of her alleged sales was a powerful painkiller known as Fentanyl, which has been blamed for numerous drug overdose deaths, authorities said.
“We knew Fentanyl has been here. Now we have proof,” Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said.
The alleged dealer, Lesley M. Fontaine, 40, of Fair Haven, Vermont, was charged with eight felonies when police arrested her on a road in Middle Granville on Friday, seizing 200 bags of heroin and 8 grams of crack when taking her into custody, police said.
Fontaine was arrested as part of a year-long interstate investigation by State Police in New York and the Vermont Drug Task Force and Washington County Drug Task Force into drug sales on both sides of the state line, an investigation that included allegations that she sold drugs in Washington County on three occasions over the past year.
Police believe she was selling narcotics in the Rutland, Vermont area, and had connections to New York City to re-supply for sales in the Granville area as well.
“This case was a great example of (State Police) Investigator D.J. Mosher working tirelessly to address the drug problem in our region and getting great cooperation from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Vermont State Police,” Jordan said.
State Police lured her over the state line on Friday to be picked up on a grand jury indictment warrant in Washington County Court, and found her to have more drugs when the vehicle she was in was stopped at the intersection of Fox and Butler Roads in Middle Granville, just west of the state line.
With her at the time were Tykesha Williams, 21, of Great Bend, New York, and Neal Wilday, 36, of Granville, according to State Police.
Wilday was driving the vehicle, and both he and Williams face two felony counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for alleged possession of the heroin and crack that was seized Friday.
Fontaine faces three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. She has a history of drug arrests in at least two other states, including Vermont, officials said.
All three were arraigned and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.
State Police plan to seized the 2006 Audi sedan that Wilday drove.
Each faces up to 9 years in state prison on each felony charge.