The Vermont State Police Thursday, July 8 arrested a suspect for dealing heroin following a lengthy investigation that began nearly four years ago in Londonderry.
The suspect, Timothy J. Slade, 29, of Londonderry, is expected to face charges Friday afternoon, July 9, in U.S. District Court in Vermont of distribution of heroin and maintaining a drug-involved premises.
State police detectives began their investigation after receiving a report on July 12, 2017, that Keith Johnson, 22, had been found deceased inside his residence on N. Main Street in Londonderry. The state police worked closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont for the past year on the investigation, which resulted in the issuance of a federal arrest warrant on June 30 and the subsequent arrest of Slade on Thursday at his residence.
Slade’s arrest on a federal warrant, and his incarceration pending arraignment in a federal court, differ from from the handling of two other alleged heroin dealers arrested this year in the Vermont criminal justice system. As reported yesterday in Vermont Daily, Michael Larrow of Grand Isle and Warren Poole of Enosburg were both arrested for heroin dealing, cited to appear in court more than two months after the arrest, and released.
Meanwhile, WCAX reported yesterday that a New York State senator believes a Lyon Mountain woman might still be alive if it weren’t for a ‘bail reform’ law passed last year. One of the suspects in her killing had been cited and released after being charged with a drug felony. Under the new law, the judge was not permitted to hold him in jail or send him to a treatment center, Sen. Dan Stec said.
H296, a bill to pass a similar law, is in the Vermont House Judiciary Committee. Introduced by freshman lawmaker Michelle Bos-Lun (D-Westminster), it also requires the state to gather the racial data on all pre-trial detainees.