Poached deer search turns up 880 bags of heroin, meth

On March 3, Vermont State Game Wardens and collaborating agencies seized seven firearms and approximately 3,000 rounds of ammunition alleged to have been illegally possessed, as well as approximately 880 bags of suspected heroin and fentanyl and a large amount of U.S. currency.

The seizures took place during execution of a search warrant for evidence of deer taken illegally and for the illegal possession of firearms in Athens, Vermont.

Along with Vermont State Game Wardens, collaborating law enforcement included Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations, and the Vermont State Police.

“This case is a great example of the cooperation between the Vermont Warden Service and its state and federal partners in law enforcement,” said Game Warden Colonel Jason Batchelder.  “This is an on-going investigation and further information will be forthcoming at an appropriate time.”

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  1. Windham County eh? Rebecca Balint, Jeanette White, all representatives Dem/Prog and Peter Welch. Interesting bust with little detail…all that crime going on right under their direct representation. What do they know about this investigation? Citizens of that county should ask and follow up accordingly.

    • SE VT has the highest opioid, suicide, homelessness rates in VT.
      That’s some braggin’ rights right there.
      But what about all that Covid money?

  2. I never realized the amounts and types of drugs these deer were capable of hiding. Well, at least these particular deer were poached, and we no longer have to worry about their callous disregard for the rule of law & for safety – unlike the largely male human criminals whom the state’s attorneys & radical judges keep letting loose to offend again and again.

  3. Anyone NOT having 3,000 rounds of ammo’s foolish these days as to price increases,but 880 bags of heroin AND fentanyl? No wonder they’re deer-jacking, they keep nodding off if REALLY hunting! And WHERE is the meth? In the headline but NOT the article? What’s up w/”suspected”? Don’t they have instant tests? Maybe the deer ate the meth? And how MUCH cash? What w/rising prices these days one needs a 2nd mortgage to buy groceries & gas..A nd WHERE are the mugshots? I think I know…