According to federal officials, the 23-year-old suspect was in possession of roughly 2,250 bags of heroin at an Amtrak station located in Essex Junction, VT.
Authorities, including federal agents, local police, and the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, got word several months ago that the suspect was selling heroin. The subsequent investigation led to the suspect’s arrest at the Vermont train station.
The suspect reportedly traveled via train from New York City to Vermont. Once the suspect got to the Amtrak station in Vermont, members of the drug task force detained him. Police searched the suspect and allegedly found more than 2,000 bags of heroin.
The suspect was immediately arrested. He has been charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of heroin distribution, he could be sentenced to as many as 20 years in federal prison. Although the suspect faces federal drug charges in the case, he would have been subject to similarly harsh punishments if he was charged with heroin distribution in NJ. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 classifies distribution of more than five ounces of heroin as a first degree crime, which is punishable by 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was held in police custody. A representative with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that a federal judge would later decide whether the suspect should be detained until trial or temporarily released to the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Arrested in Vermont with 2,250 Bags of Heroin.”