Story updated 2:15 p.m. Thursday.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Police officers from multiple agencies executed a drug bust at 619 Portland St. on Thursday morning, taking nine people into custody.
St. Johnsbury Police Chief Tim Page said drugs and weapons were found in the police raid that took place just before 8 a.m.
Footage from a nearby surveillance camera recorded two St. Johnsbury Police officers arriving in a single cruiser about 7:50 a.m. The officers walked to the front door and knocked. It took 44 seconds for someone to open the door. The officers went inside. A few seconds later another five police cruisers - two from Essex County Sheriff’s Department - arrived on scene, coming from both directions. Officers quickly exited the cruisers and ran inside.
Three minutes later police escorted the first of many suspects from the residence in handcuffs. Those arrested were taken away in police cruisers. None appeared to struggle with their captors. Due to the number of suspects in custody not all of them could go to the police department for processing. Some went to the Caledonia County Courthouse and others went to the Vermont State Police barracks in St. Johnsbury.
One female in custody at the courthouse needed medical attention. It was reported that she was struggling with detox. CALEX rescue personnel took her to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Riding along in the ambulance was a sheriff’s deputy.
The scene outside the two-unit apartment building across the street from Coles Redemption was active with officers and police cruisers with flashing lights. At one point 10 cruisers were there. Some officers held assault rifles.
As the scene unfolded one motorist exiting the Coles parking lot yelled from his window, “It’s about time.”
Among the officers taking part in the raid were Essex County Sheriff Trevor Colby and four deputies.
“(St. Johnsbury Police) asked if we could lend a hand, and by all means, we’re going to help out when we can,” said Sheriff Colby.
The Essex County department also had an interest in being part of the raid that hit close to home, said Colby. One of the firearms found inside the residence was reported stolen earlier from a home in Concord.
There were no injuries reported and CALEX and St. Johnsbury Firefighters who were on scene in case of a medical emergency were told they could leave about 8:40 a.m.
Sheriff Colby praised the police department for planning and executed a successful raid that exposed criminal activity and did so with no one hurt.
“Entering a building like that is a dangerous job,” he said.
Police had two vehicles towed from the property by Caledonia Wrecker service. One of the vehicles had a Connecticut license plate.
Chief Page said late Thursday morning that investigators would be on scene for most of the day collecting evidence. As of 2:15 p.m. there was no word about who was in custody and when they would be arraigned in court.