- Associated Press - Friday, March 24, 2017

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont authorities say three people are facing drug charges following an investigation of a missing woman who was found dead at a Poultney residence.

Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Richard Torruellas of Jersey City, New Jersey, and 20-year-old Alyssa Grace of Brandon pleaded not guilty Friday to selling heroin. They and 34-year-old Francesco Escribano of Jersey City, New Jersey, also pleaded not guilty to other possessing Fentanyl and cocaine base with the intent to distribute them.

Last week police found the body of 26-year-old Alexandra Rooker of Fair Haven at the home a heroin user who told them Torruellas and Escribano were dealers living there.

The fourth man pleaded not guilty to lesser charges, and all four were jailed. It was not immediately known if they are being represented by attorneys.

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