Police arrested a librarian in Vermont Tuesday for distributing heroin linked to at least one fatal overdose on the sidewalk outside the library where she worked.
Tianna Fronsman, 28, pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges including felony manslaughter, selling heroin with death resulting, selling heroin, possession of heroin and trafficking heroin to Vermont from out of state. She maintains she never sold heroin from inside the Bennington Free Library, instead using the sidewalk where the library is located. Police witnessed her making a heroin deal Tuesday before arresting her, reports Rutland Herald.
Fronsman is accused of selling a fatal batch of heroin linked to the Dec. 13 overdose death of 35-year-old Kristin Long. Emily Welch, 28, the sister of Long, was arrested in a car with Fronsman four days after the fatal overdose. They had 450 bags of heroin stamped with the words “Smoking Aces,” which was also found in Long’s possession when she died.
Fronsman dodged arrest back in December, after Welch told police the heroin belong to her. It appears Welch and Fronsman regularly worked together to obtain and deal heroin. Fronsman said she sells the substance as a way to fund her own addiction to the drug.
Officials at the library were shocked to discover the secret side job of one of their librarians and were quick to try and quell community fears after the bust.
“We went to assure people it’s safe to come here to the library and bring their children,” Lynne Fonteneau McCann, the library’s executive director, told Rutland Herald.
Fronsman is being held without bail at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington.
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