Over the past six months the Vermont Drug Task Force has conducted an investigation involving a cocaine distribution ring in the Rutland area. This investigation has involved multiple controlled purchases of cocaine from two subjects, identified as Anthony Petit and Morey Clark both of Rutland.
On June 3, the following subjects were arrested for possession of cocaine as a result of the investigation:
Anthony Petit, age 54, of Rutland. Lodged-$150,000 bail; sale of cocaine (multiple counts).
Morey Clark, age 53, of Rutland. Lodged-$150,000 bail; sale of cocaine (multiple counts).
Joseph Birks, age 36, of Rutland. Lodged-$100,000 bail
Kelly Vitagliano, age 47, of Rutland. Citation to appear at later date.
Dominic Paul, age 54, of Rutland. Citation to appear at later date.
In a addition, a search warrant was executed at 3 Tuttle Meadow Drive in Rutland, the residence of Birks, Vitagliano and Petit. As a result of this search, approximately 2 ounces of cocaine and a handgun was seized. Investigation revealed that Vitagliano operated a state registered daycare at this location. DCF was notified of this investigation regarding the daycare. There were no children at the residence at the time the search warrant was executed.
A second search warrant was executed at 223 North Church St. in Rutland, the residence of Dominic Paul. As a result of this search, 18 marijuana plants were seized as well as a small amount of cocaine.
The Vermont Drug Task Force received substantial assistance from the Rutland City Police Department as well as uniformed Troopers from the Vermont State Police. The Vermont Attorney General's office is prosecuting these cases.