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Oct 18, 2015 2:50 PM

Federal officials: 88 pounds of heroin seized in Vermont

The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt.— Federal agents intercepted 88 pounds of heroin destined for Vermont earlier this month and took a Guatemalan man into custody in the town of Manchester in southern Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press reports that a heroin shipment from Guatemala totaling 132 pounds was first discovered by federal agents in Miami, Florida, on Oct. 6. The drugs — which were destined for Burlington, Vermont — were in two packages.

A federal agent disguised as a courier delivered one package to 33-year-old Diego Walther Anibal Mejia Paredes outside a Manchester restaurant on Oct. 8 and then took him into custody.

A federal judge in Burlington ruled to keep Paredes in custody because he is a flight risk and threat to public safety. A federal public defender did not contest the findings.


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