Vt. men charged with trafficking after fentanyl, more found in car

Recorder Staff
Thursday, August 17, 2017

GREENFIELD — Three Vermont men were arrested for possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute and trafficking in cocaine after a traffic stop in Greenfield.

Police say the men were carrying about 22 grams of cocaine and 70 wax bags of fentanyl, the synthetic version of heroin that can be up to 100 times more potent, and five 12-gauge shot shells.

State police first found the Vermont men as they were driving northbound on Interstate 91 with an unreadable license plate. The Subaru Impreza then exited to Greenfield, where the trooper would eventually catch up to the car.

Stopping the car, Trooper Anthony Lavigne saw the driver and two others in the car were not wearing their seatbelts.

Greenfield Police Sgt. David Rice saw the trooper pull over the car and then backed him up. He saw the front seat passenger appear to reach across to the driver’s side and under his feet or the seat. The police then investigated the car, where they would then find the drugs.

Police would arrest Arlo Rhein, 19, of Saint Johnsbury, Vt., David Poginy, 25, of Saint Johnsbury, and Albert Vieira, 24, of Danville.

They were all charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

Rhein was also cited with a number plate violation, failure to stop for a light and registration not in possession.

Poginy and Vieira were cited for a seatbelt violation.

The three men were held at Franklin County House of Correction and will be arraigned in Greenfield District Court. Rhein’s bail was set at $5,000, Vieira’s at $2,000 and Poginy’s at $1,000.