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Five men cited with charges related to possession and sale of crack cocaine

On August 29, the Vermont Drug Task Force along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the Rutland City Police Department (RPD) continued an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine in the Rutland City area.

As part of the investigation law enforcement officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 103 in Clarendon. Five male subjects in the vehicle were taken into custody and identified as Collins, Hurst, McGriff, and Babcock. The operator of the vehicle was Louras. During the motor vehicle stop Collins was found to be in possession of a loaded .22 cal pistol.

All five individuals were transported to the state police barracks in Rutland. During processing investigators discovered approximately 13.1 grams of crack cocaine on Collins. They also discovered that Babcock was wanted for an outstanding drug charge in Bennington County.

Two search warrants were executed by law enforcement during the operation. One at a residence on Traverse Place in Rutland City and the other on the five defendants and their vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up an additional 7.6 grams of crack cocaine.
All five defendants were scheduled to be arraigned in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division in Rutland. The Vermont Attorney General's Office is prosecuting the case.

Violations cited include: five counts of the sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, and wanted person.
The five accused men were James Collins (aka J Real) age 32, from Rutland, Vt. (Bail: $250,000), Samuel McGriff (aka Twist) age 29, from Catskill, NY (Bail: $100,000), Michael Hurst (aka Show or Showtime) age 27, from Rutland, Vt. (Bail: $75,000), Nicholas Louras, age 26, from Rutland, Vt. (Bail: $50,000), Arabella Babcock age 20, from Rutland, Vt. (Bail: $50,000.)