Drugs and Crime

Man linked to multi-state drug ring busted for fentanyl trafficking in Barre

Fentanyl seized at a transitional housing center in Barre was being trafficked by Malcolm Morillo, who has a lengthy police record for assault and drug trafficking, police say.

By Guy Page

A Springfield, MA man, who police say five years ago helped an interstate drug crime ring transport and sell heroin in Northern New England, has been arrested for trafficking fentanyl in Barre.

130 bags of fentanyl and a loaded syringe were seized at a Barre transitional housing unit Friday, and Malcolm Morillo, 25, is being held without bail, Barre police say. 

On September 23, at about noon the Barre City Police Department received a call from Barre Probation and Parole about possible narcotics located at a transitional housing unit in Barre. Barre officers obtained and executed a search warrant on the residence which yielded 130 bags of heroin/fentanyl and one “loaded” syringe. 

Morillo was lodged by Probation and Parole for the violation and is further being charged with Trafficking of Fentanyl. After arraignment on Monday, September 26, Morillo was held without bail pending trial. 

Morillo has a criminal record for assault and selling drugs in northern New England, as reported by police and media. 

April, 2021 – arrested in Marshfield, VT for domestic assault. 

September 2019 – pleaded not guilty to selling heroin in November and December 2018 from his home in Barre, the Times-Argus reported.

October, 2017 – the West Springfield Police Dept. Narcotics Unit in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and the FBI W. Mass Gang Task Force arrested Morillo at The Quality Inn in Springfield, MA, for trafficking heroin. This arrest was the result of an investigation into a multi-state heroin operation by the 3 units, in which Morillo would transport heroin to northern States to sell for a higher profit. Seized as a result of the investigation were 1000 bags of heroin stamped “Playboy”, along with 13 grams of marijuana.

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8 replies »

  1. It’s good to see how Vermont’s “transitional” housing programs invest taxpayer money into enabling people who are down on their luck to engage in creative entrepreneurial activities and pull themselves up by the bootstraps. We can see that the honor system works very well in qualifying folks for these essential housing programs. Vermont taxpayers are always willing to lend a hand, especially when given an opportunity to celebrate diversity.

  2. I’m seriously bothered by this on many levels. The revolving door whereby he and other criminals just seem to quickly exit our criminal justice system only to engage in more serious crimes. That he and others have been targeting VT for their drug sales because it’s just such a profitable wide open market. That he’s in “transitional housing “ and already at work selling drugs. The guy is obviously not going to straighten out; isn’t it time to just lock him up and leave him there?

  3. So when do they let him out this time around? After all, he is the true victim here, correct Sarah George?

  4. Now charge him with murder for every single OD death that turned up a “playboy” stamped bag (from 2017) or whatever stamp was on the bags he was currently selling. This BS has to stop. That information is also tracked whenever available by the VT drug monitoring initiative. They know exactly who his drugs has killed.

  5. The crowbar hotel has been empty for far too long.

    Revolving doors of justice, in and out, simply have zero deterent.

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