4 Face Charges in Hartford Raid
Clockwise from upper left, Belinda Daniels, of Hartford, Vt., David Reyes, of Springfield, Mass., Louis Tibercio-Cordero, of Chicopee, Mass., and Jonathan Stack, of Holyoke, Mass., were arraigned on Feb. 13, 2014, after their arrest on Cascadnac Ave. in Hartford, Vt., on Feb. 12, 2014. (Hartford Police photographs)
White River Junction — A Hartford woman and three men from Massachusetts entered not guilty pleas in Windsor County Superior Court Thursday on several drug-related charges stemming from a drug bust earlier this week in Hartford.
Hartford police said they seized more than $12,000 worth of heroin, as well as cocaine and other drugs from people located inside a residence on Cascadnac Avenue, which sits not far from the school path to Hartford High School.
Police officers confiscated 14.9 grams of crack cocaine, 136 individually wrapped bags of heroin and more than 15 grams of marijuana, as well as another 13.6 grams of heroin powder, which police said could be packaged into another 400 bags for sale on the street.
Belinda Daniels, 50, of Hartford, pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine, a misdemeanor offense, according to court documents.
She declined to comment on Thursday as she left the courthouse after being released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to a year in prison.
Louis Tibercio-Cordero, 26, of Chicopee, Mass., David Reyes, 23, of Springfield, Mass., and Jonathan Stack, 27, of Holyoke, Mass., all pleaded not guilty to separate charges.
Tibercio-Cordero faced the stiffest charges as Deputy Windsor Country State’s Attorney David Cahill said, “when police came to the door, he was the one holding all of the drugs.”
Tibercio-Cordero faces two felony charges. He pleaded not guilty to heroin trafficking for possessing, with the intent to sell or dispense, heroin in an amount of 3.5 grams or more, and to possessing cocaine in an amount consisting of 2.5 grams or more, documents state. Judge Karen Carroll ordered he be held on $75,000 bail.
Both Reyes and Stack pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring in heroin trafficking. Reyes also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of heroin possession, according to court documents. He was held on $25,000 bail, while Stack was held on $15,000 bail. Conviction on the conspiracy charge carries a potential 30-year prison term.
If released on bail, all three men have strict bail conditions, including 24-hour in-home curfews and no contact with codefendants, including Daniels.
All attorneys declined to comment further.
According to affidavits filed by Hartford police Detective Christopher Aher, p olice executed a search warrant on Wednesday at 209 Cascadnac Ave., the home of Jennifer Bassett, who wasn’t home at the time of the incident.
Inside, police found Daniels, Tibercio-Cordero, Reyes and Stack seated around a glass table. After further investigation, crack cocaine, heroin and cash were found on Tibercio-Cordero; heroin, marijuana and cash on Reyes; and cash only on Stack, according to the affidavit. Nothing was found on Daniels, who is the widow of a man who died in a crash on Route 4 last year.
Several other items were found inside the home, including hypodermic needles, straws with white residue, digital scales and several plastic bags, documents show.
“Recent trends have shown that heroin is being transported from the Springfield/Holyoke, Mass or Hartford, Ct., to areas in Vermont,” the affidavit stated.
All four individuals were detained in Southern State Correctional Facility. The Massachusetts men returned to the facility Thursday afternoon after their arraignments, and will remain incarcerated until, or if, they reach bail.
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