Potential threat against vaccine distribution thwarted

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:52 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:53 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Shelburne man accused of making threats against COVID vaccine distribution was arrested on a federal gun charge. And this man is no stranger to police.

The feds say Aaron Loucks was on a downward mental health spiral, which included obtaining multiple firearms before his arrest.

The 27-year-old first came to our attention when he was accused of breaking windows at a Church Street business last month. Records show that days later, Loucks bought a semi-automatic pistol despite being on the radar of multiple police departments.

People concerned with Louck’s behavior turned in two guns, ammo, body armor and several notes that investigators say could be seen as a threat against the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. The notes included tactics and locations of vaccine distribution sites in our region.

Through an investigation, the feds learned of Loucks’ history of drug use, including LSD and cannabis. Possession of a firearm while being a known drug user is illegal on the federal level.

Loucks is being held in prison until his next court appearance on Thursday.

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