Pair charged with aiding in drug offenses
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | May 08,2013
Two women who police say helped a pair of drug dealers during undercover sting operations in Rutland both denied a pair of felony drug charges this week.
Bridgette B. Fletcher, 27, and Shanna A. Fish, 23, both of Rutland, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court Monday to a charge of sale of cocaine, and aiding in the commission of a felony, respectively.
Police say both women aided drug dealers who were the focus of separate drug investigations conducted by the Vermont State Police Southern Vermont Drug Task Force.
In Fish’s case, police say they were orchestrating an undercover purchase of 10 bags of heroin from Calvin Alexander Jr., who also uses the name “Drama,” when Fish came to their attention.
Detective Trooper Casey Daniell said police were observing the transaction involving a confidential informant at Alexander’s Pine Street address when Fish accompanied Alexander onto the porch of the apartment house. After Alexander allegedly handed over the heroin, he handed the $150 he took from the informant to Fish, Daniell wrote.
Alexander, who has been indicted on two federal charges of distributing heroin, was also sought as a suspect in a home invasion on Maple Street in Rutland in February.
Alexander, who was ordered jailed by a federal magistrate, has not been charged in connection with the home invasion, which Rutland police said involved demands for money and drugs.
In the case against Fletcher, Daniell said the Rutland woman acted as a courier for Melvin George, 26, known by the street name “Cliff.”
Daniell said police arranged to buy an eight ball — 3 grams — of crack cocaine from George in February using a confidential informant.
But when the informant arrived at a convenience store on Main Street in West Rutland, it was allegedly Fletcher who came to the car to exchange a bag of cocaine for $250.
Fletcher and Fish were released without bail but with numerous conditions.