On April 11, the Vermont Drug Task Force arrested Michael A. Harris, of Pittsford, on four counts of fentanyl trafficking and a single count of misdemeanor possession of cocaine. According to Vermont State Police, Harris’ arrest followed a three-week investigation involving the use of confidential informants who purchased fentanyl from Harris. Over the course of the three weeks, troopers said, the task force purchased approximately 3.5 grams of fentanyl from Harris.
During the investigation, that was assisted by the FBI, the task force identified a storage unit in Rutland City they said was being used by Harris. The task force obtained a search warrant for the storage unit where approximately 2.9 grams of fentanyl and approximately 1.8 grams of cocaine were located. Harris arrived at the storage facility while detectives were executing the search warrant and was arrested by state police.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 6.4 grams fentanyl. This is equivalent to more than 250 bags or doses.
Harris was jailed at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. Harris appeared in Vermont Superior Court in Rutland on April 12, 2019, where he pleaded not guilty. Harris was remanded to the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections for lack of $25,000 bail. Harris is being prosecuted by the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office.