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March 1, 2017

Press release / VSP-Rutland / Arrest: Drug possession / February 28, 2017 / West Rutland, VT / 17B401243

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE

CASE#: 17B401243
TROOPER: Colburn                                                                          
STATION: Rutland                     
CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101

DATE/TIME: February 28, 2017 at approximately 2328 hours
LOCATION: US Route 4, Eastbound, West Rutland, VT

ACCUSED: Joel Cruz
AGE: 24
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Union City, NJ

VIOLATION: 1.) Possession of heroin (Title 18 VSA 4233 (a)(3)
                        2.) Possession of cocaine (Title 18 VSA 4231 (a)(2)



ACCUSED: Joselito L. Rosa
AGE: 22
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Jersey City, NJ
VIOLATION: 1.) Possession of heroin (Title 18 VSA 4233 (a)(4)
                        2.) Possession of cocaine (Title 18 VSA 4233 (a)(2)
                        3.) False reports to law enforcement authorities (Title 13 VSA 7559)


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On February 28, 2017 at approximately 2328 hours, troopers from the Vermont State Police –Rutland barracks, conducted a motor vehicle stop on US Route 4 in West Rutland for a motor vehicle violation. Investigation revealed Joel Cruz had an active arrest warrant in the State of Vermont. Cruz was taken into custody and transported to the Vermont State Police barracks in Rutland Town. Cruz was found to be in possession of a felony amount of (crack) cocaine and a felony amount of heroin.

A passenger in the vehicle, Joselito L. Rosa, initially provided troopers with a false name. Rosa was properly identified and also found to be in possession of a felony amount of (crack) cocaine and a felony amount of heroin. Rosa was taken into custody and transported to the Vermont State Police barracks in Rutland Town.

Both Cruz and Rosa were processed and later lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. They are both scheduled for arraignment on March 1, 2017 at 1230 hours.

LODGED: Yes, Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility
BAIL: $150,000 (each defendant)
MUG SHOT: Yes
COURT ACTION: Yes
COURT: Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division (Rutland, VT)
COURT DATE/TIME: March 1, 2016 at 1230 hours
           
*Please note:  court date and time are subject to change at the discretion of the court. Please call the criminal court clerk to confirm arraignment time.