The nephew of Rutland's mayor is facing felony crack and cocaine charges.
Nicholas Louras, 26, of Rutland, is one of five people facing charges following a drug ring investigation in Rutland County. Police say they found more than 13 grams of crack on one of the suspects. And more than seven grams of crack was found in Louras' car.
The other suspects are James Collins, 32, of Rutland; Samuel McGriff, 29, of Catskill, N.Y.; Michael Hurst, 27, of Rutland; and Arabella Babcock, 20, of Rutland.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mayor Chris Louras issued a statement applauding drug investigators, saying, "I learned today that my nephew,
Nicholas Louras, has been charged with a drug-related offense. During this time
my thoughts are with my brother, his wife, and my parents.
"I have long known that the scourge of drugs can reach
into any family, in any community. I applaud and support the efforts of both
the Rutland City Police Department and Southern Vermont Drug Task Force to root
out this scourge, wherever it may take them."
Police did not have a photo available of Arabella Babcock.
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