St. Johnsbury Police responded to Maplefields parking lot for a report of two individuals slumped over in a car. 47 year old Dana Patten, of Hardwick, pleaded not guilty to felony fentanyl trafficking. Patten was then released on conditions by Judge Michael R. Kainen. On April 25, at 6:53 a.m., Lt. Mark Bickford and Ofc. Jasmine Hendry were dispatched to Maplefields in St. Johnsbury and located a silver Toyota parked near the diesel pumps. The vehicle was running. There were two individuals in the vehicle. The driver identified as Dana Patten and the passenger, Colleen Mercier, 47. Patten was alert in the driver seat, Mercier was in the passenger seat with her eyes closed as if she was sleeping. Officers told Patten his license to operate a motor vehicle was criminally suspended. Police found approximately 80 white wax paper baggies were taken off Patten’s person, approximately 1,664 milligrams of fentanyl.
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