George Swett pleaded not guilty in Orleans Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest – 2nd offense, and possession of cocaine

George Swett, 57, pleaded not guilty in Orleans Superior Court on Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest – 2nd offense, and possession of cocaine, and was released on conditions by Judge Lisa A. Warren. Police say they found Swett to be in possession of cocaine after pulling him over for a traffic violation in his pick-up truck and were later told by Swett that he uses crack cocaine to help treat the symptoms of his attention deficit disorder. According to an affidavit filed by VSP Trooper Nathan Handy, Swett was observed driving a green pick-up truck with an “unreadable” rear license plate that was being driven in a “suspicious” manner on Coventry Street in Newport at 12:11 a.m. on Feb. 11. Tpr. Handy then followed the truck until it came to the intersection of Route 5 where the driver allegedly committed a stop sign violation.  Tpr. Handy then activated his blue lights and attempted a motor vehicle stop. Back-up police units from the Newport Police Department and Vermont State Police then arrived on the scene and Swett was taken into custody and handcuffed. Police say they then searched Swett and found illegal drugs in his pants pocket. “A small baggie containing a white powdery substance fell out and onto the roadway,” wrote Tpr. Handy. Police say the remaining white powder in the baggie field-tested positive for cocaine. “Swett stated he uses crack cocaine once every few weeks when he feels ‘edgy.’ Swett said his ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) medications only help him so much and that the crack cocaine helps him sleep. Swett faces a possible sentence of up to three years in prison and $3,000 in fines if convicted.

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