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May 10, 2017

VSP HQ / Vermont Drug Task Force / Aggravated Assault and Robbery / Heroin Trafficking / Possession of cocaine / Possession of stolen property /

PRESS RELEASE

        

CASE#: 17H200524                                                        

STATION: BCI Headquarters                    

CONTACT#: 802-773-9101

 

DATE/TIME: 05/09/17

LOCATION: Econo Lodge, Montpelier, VT & Hilltop Hotel, Berlin VT  

VIOLATION: Aggravated Assault and Robbery, Heroin Trafficking, Possession of cocaine, Possession of Stolen Property

 

ACCUSED: Michael Krasin                                                                                            

AGE: 19

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Springfield, MA

CHARGES: Aggravated Assault and Robbery, Heroin Trafficking, Possession of cocaine, Possession of Stolen Property

 

ACCUSED: Victor Guzman- Hernandez                                                                                           

AGE: 30

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Indian Orchard, MA

CHARGES: Aggravated Assault and Robbery, Heroin Trafficking, Possession of cocaine, Possession of Stolen Property

 

ACCUSED: Augustin Mendoza                                                                                           

AGE: 25

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Springfield, MA

CHARGES: Aggravated Assault and Robbery, Heroin Trafficking, Possession of cocaine, Possession of Stolen Property

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On 05/09/17, at approximately 1630 hours, Members of the Vermont Drug Task Force were monitoring suspected drug activity at the Econo Lodge located on Northfield Street in Montpelier.  While watching the business, Detectives observed an assault that was taking place in the parking lot of the Motel.  Detectives observed a  male subject that was being assaulted by three (3) subjects that quickly fled the area in a vehicle after the assault.  Troopers from the Middlesex State Police Barrack and members of the Vermont Drug Task Force were able to stop the vehicle on Route 64 in Williamstown and take the three occupants into custody due to the assault that was witnessed in Montpelier.  Further investigation revealed that the occupants of the vehicle had a hotel room rented at the Hilltop Motel located on Airport Road in Berlin.  Detectives believed that the occupants were also engaging in illegal drug trafficking.  A search warrant for the hotel room at the Hilltop Motel was granted and later executed.  During the execution of the search warrant, approximately 650 bags of heroin, 28 grams of crack cocaine, 44 grams of cocaine and prescription medication were located.  Also located in the hotel room was a large amount of US currency which was also seized by Troopers.  All three subjects were lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correction Center and will appear in Washington Superior Court on  05/10/17 to face the above charges.          

 

COURT ACTION: Yes

COURT: Washington Superior Court

COURT DATE/TIME: 05/10/17 1100 hours