State does 'catch and release' on out-of-state heroin dealer already in violation of probation - Times Argus

In what social media comments are calling Vermont’s ‘Catch and Release’ of drug traffickers, a Springfield, MA man charged with selling heroin while in violation of probation was arrested by police – and then released after posting $25,000 bail.

Police said Vasquez and Rodriguez had large amounts of heroin and marijuana on them. A witness told police he or she had seen Vasquez with a large amount of heroin and witnessed him selling the drug to people.

 

Both men were ordered held on $25,000 bail and it appears Rodriguez has posted that bail because he is no longer listed in the Department of Corrections database as being in custody. Vasquez remains in custody.

 

The case drew criticism from the public because Vasquez was supposed to be on probation after pleading guilty in March to a felony count of heroin possession and a misdemeanor count of giving false information to law enforcement. Vasquez was sentenced to two to five years, all suspended except for eight months with credit for time served. After Vasquez was released from prison in March he never met with his probation officer, according to court records.

 


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