Chittenden County, Vermont - A man and woman from New York are charged with possession of 100 grams or more of heroin, intent to distribute, after the U.S. Attorney's office says they were found with 1.049 kilograms of a substance that tested positive in the field for heroin.
According to court documents, the U.S. alleges Shawn Alonso and Tamara Moody drove from LaGuardia Airport on Friday March 17 to Chittenden County, Vermont.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says at around 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Alonso and Moody arrived at a Chittenden County business, with the intent to sell heroin.
When the pair arrived, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Essex Police Department, and U.S. Border Patrol stopped the car. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, when Alonso got out of the car, a package of powder fell from his pants. A search found another smaller package of a suspected controlled substance.
Alonso and Moody were arraigned Monday, and a detention hearing has been set for Thursday.
If convicted, each faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years, and a maximum of 40 years.