An investigation into fraudulent purchase of power tools in Derby has led to charges being filed against Baylen Eason, 28, of East Hartford, CT and a $50,000 warrant for his arrest for Fentanyl Trafficking.
Eason’s whereabouts are currently unknown and anyone with information that may help troopers locate him is encouraged to contact the Derby Barracks at (802) 334-8881. He is a black male approximately 6’06” tall, of thin build, and last seen with short facial hair.
The police investigation began on August 5, when the State Police Derby Barracks received a report of a theft of items which were fraudulently charged to a Heritage Slate business account at Poulin Lumber in Derby. Investigation revealed that on August 4, the accused – Randy Buzzell, 27, of Newport – purchased by false pretense over $1,000 of power tools and hand tools on the business account for a company with which he was no longer employed. On August 5, the accused again attempted a purchase, but was detected and refused by store employees.
As part of the investigation, a home was searched and all of the stolen items were recovered and returned to Poulin Lumber. Also, evidence of narcotics trafficking was discovered during the search. Troopers were assisted at this scene by officers from the Newport Police Department, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, and the VT Fish and Wildlife Warden Service Division.
On August 9, a court-ordered search warrant was execute, and the following was discovered:
-About 640 bags of fentanyl
-About 30 grams of crack cocaine (Cocaine base)
-A large sum of US currency
Buzzell was cited to appear in court for the alleged thefts. The street value of the above narcotics is estimated at approximately $12,000. This investigation is active and ongoing. VSP is working in cooperation with the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office and additional developments regarding both the theft and narcotics-related aspects of this case are anticipated.