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More crack arrests in Rutland

RUTLAND - On June 22, the Vermont Drug Task Force continued an investigation into the sale of Crack Cocaine in the Rutland area. Portions of the city are described by some residents as "infested" with drug dealing and abuse.

A series of controlled buys occurred over a period days in the Rutland area with suspects Travis Williams and Christie Torres.

On June 22 Williams and Torres were observed leaving a local hotel in a vehicle.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted by Rutland City police officers and both Williams and Torres were arrested for the sale of crack cocaine. Williams also has an active arrest warrant out of New York for a drug offense.

Following the arrests of Williams and Torres, the investigation continued and a search warrant was reviewed and signed by a judge.

The search warrant was for a hotel room located within Rutland city limits. The Vermont Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Vermont State Police and Rutland City Police Department executed the warrant.

Inside the hotel room Melsong Kaleak, 35, and Tara Bardt, 21, Rutland were identified. When the search of the room was conducted officers located a misdemeanor amount of crack cocaine and marijuana.

All of the accused are being held for a lack of bail at the Marble Valley Correctional Center in Rutland. The cases will be prosecuted by the Vermont Attorney General's Office.

Bail was set at $200,000 for Williams and Torres, $250,000 for Kaleak, and $100,000 for Bardt.

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