BARRE — A West Topsham man police say was involved in kidnapping a man in Barre is now accused of selling cocaine.
Aaron L. Fleurrey, 28, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of selling cocaine. If convicted, Fleurrey faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He is being held at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury on $25,000 bail.
The Vermont Drug Task Force said in an affidavit in May it began an investigation looking at cocaine and heroin distribution in Washington County. The task force said Fleurrey was the target of the investigation.
A cooperating individual told the task force they could get cocaine from Fleurrey. The task force said a controlled buy was set up in Barre and the individual returned with 0.9 grams of a substance that field tested positive for cocaine.
Fleurrey, Alana Perras, 29, and Leavitt Sayers, 26, are all facing charges for in incident in July where police said a resident in Williamstown called 911 to report that an unknown man had shown up claiming to have been tied up, pepper-sprayed, abducted and robbed.
Fleurrey has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of being an accessory to kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault and robbery and using a weapon while committing a felony.
Perras has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of being an accessory to kidnapping and aiding in the commission of an assault and robbery. And Sayers has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault and robbery and using a weapon while committing a felony.
According to court records, the caller told police the man had red marks on his wrists. The victim told police he had been abducted from the Green Acres apartments in Barre, where he had been staying with a woman. He said he heard the woman talking to people he believed were a man and another woman.
He was told to come downstairs, and when he did he was immediately pepper-sprayed in the face and punched. The victim told police he was stripped down to his underwear and searched for money, which was taken by his alleged assailants. The victim reported someone else’s clothes were put on him, a pillow case was placed over his head along with a hooded sweatshirt, and he was “hogtied” with a jump-rope.
The victim told police he was then put into a truck and a man and woman got in the front seat while another man with a knife got in the back seat with him, according to court records. The victim told police he was dropped off on a dirt road and told he would be killed if he called the police.
Police said they later identified the two men as Fleurrey and Sayers and the woman as Perras.