Five St. Albans residents charged in ...

Five St. Albans residents charged in `guns for drugs' operation

Five St. Albans residents pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday to charges of buying firearms while knowingly providing false information to licensed firearms dealers and then trading those firearms for narcotics. Laci Baker, 32, Dara Bessette, 37, Sierra Lacoste, 32, Tyson Wells, 40, and Megan West, 32, all of Swanton and St. Albans, are accused of taking part in "straw purchasing" at least 30 firearms for two drug dealers in exchange for cocaine and other narcotics.

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