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Two arrested in Bristol, charged with sale of drugs

BRISTOL — Bristol police last week announced two high-profile arrests involving the sale of drugs in town.
First, police said that on May 23 they arrested Jill Ryea, 21, of Leicester and charged her with the sale of cocaine following an extensive joint operation with Vergennes police, Vermont State Police operating out of the New Haven barracks and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.
Acting on information regarding drug sales, Bristol and Vergennes police officers purchased cocaine from Ryea, Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs alleged in a press release.
After her arrest, police allegedly found her in possession of marijuana and heroin. She was also cited for violation of conditions of release issued by Rutland Superior Court for a pending heroin sale charge, Gibbs reported.
Police lodged Ryea at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $50,000 bail.
Then, on May 28, police arrested Jamie Lee Prim, 42, of Bristol and charged him with sale of narcotics.
Gibbs said in a statement that his department had obtained information that Prim was selling narcotics in the downtown area. He alleged that Prim sold narcotics to a confidential informant in an alley behind Main Street and in the presence of Bristol police officers.
Police took Prim into custody without incident and lodged him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $5,000 bail.
In other recent activity, Bristol police:
•  On May 14 and 15 two officers attended an incident scene training at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford.
•  On May 15 assisted with a career day program at Mount Abraham Union High School.
•  On May 15 assisted a motorist who had broken down on West Street.
•  On May 17 responded to a reported theft from a motor vehicle parked in the Maple Street area. No suspects have been identified.
•  On May 17 responded to the National Bank of Middlebury for reported ATM fraud. Court action is pending.
•  On May 17 responded to a West Street residence where several juveniles were causing a disturbance. Approximately eight juveniles were seen entering the property from the skate park, and they ran when the resident told them she was calling police. Two of the subjects appeared to be involved in a dispute and several others who joined the two were using profanities. All the juveniles were gone when police arrived.
•  On May 17 received a report from a non-district resident of a vehicle that had been operating recklessly in the Shaw’s parking lot. The complainant also said the subjects in the vehicle were yelling at her and her husband. A description of the vehicle was provided but it was not located.
•  On May 18 received a report from a coach at MAUHS that the concession stand at the track had been broken into, items taken, and a table damaged. Spray paint was removed from the announcer’s area. The same paint is believed to have been used in a vandalism case at the recreation field. Several suspects have been identified and an investigation is ongoing.
•  On May 18 received a report from a Pine Street resident who found a wallet in a dirt pile behind his residence. Police found that the wallet belonged to a victim of a vehicle break-in reported on April 23. The wallet was returned to the victim, who did not believe anything was missing from the wallet. Kraton Chaloux, 22, of Bristol was charged with the theft.
•  On May 23 arrested Thomas M. Plantier, 26, of Bristol after an altercation that occurred in the parking lot of a West Street business and cited him for simple assault.
•  On May 24 stopped a car for defective equipment and, as a result, cited Christopher Neff, 20, of Easton, Conn., for possession of approximately 1.9 oz. of marijuana.

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