Drugs and Crime

Out-of-state men face cocaine charges in separate incidents

Aldrain Ashby, 36, of the Bronx, NY faces many charges, including cocaine possession, after pointing a gun at a woman Sunday in a Waterbury trailer park and assaulting a trooper during arrest. 

State police on the afternoon of May 29 received a 911 call about a domestic assault that occurred in Waterbury, at the Kneeland Flats Trailer Park. Troopers were told a firearm had been pointed at the victim and her life had been threatened.

Troopers responded to the scene and located the male involved. He ran from troopers and was quickly apprehended. While being taken into custody, he caused injury to a responding trooper.  Troopers found cocaine and other controlled substances that Aldrain tried to destroy. 

Charges include 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, Cocaine Possession, Possession of a Depressant, Stimulant and Narcotic Drugs, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Threatening and Reckless Endangerment.

Aldrain was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Middlesex Barracks for processing. Aldrain was ordered held without bail by the Honorable Court and ordered to appear in Washington County Court, Criminal Division on 5/31/22 and released.

Four face charges after Billtown drug raid – This April, state troopers suspected crack cocaine was being distributed from a residence belonging to Rex Comstock on Graham Road, Williamstown. Probable cause was developed that Comstock was facilitating the distribution of crack cocaine from his residence.

On Friday, May 27 state troopers and Barre police searched Comstock’s home and found about 35 grams of crack cocaine and 7.8 grams of powder cocaine belonging to Alexander Cotton, 28, of Springfield, MA. Also, troopers located about 13 lbs of marijuana belonging to Comstock and 200 mg of fentanyl belonging to Alana Perras. 

Investigation revealed that Alana Perras and Seth Parry were both in violation of their court ordered conditions of release by violating their curfews at their respective residences. In addition, Troopers located evidence that Comstock was using his residence for the purpose of illegally dispensing regulated drugs.

Cotton, Comstock, Perras, and Parry were issued citations to appear in court. Cotton was transported to the Orange County Courthouse where he was arraigned on the charge of possession of Cocaine in excess of 1 ounce, and was transported to Northeast Correctional Facility where he was lodged for lack of $15,000 bail.

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  1. The drug dealing described here is tame in comparison to the insane shooting crimes occurring in the big cities across the country…….Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were more than 30 shooting deaths that occurred across this country…….More than 30 people shot dead and we’re not likely to hear a word about it from the Rev. Al Sharpton and other activists.

    Based on the bad guys bringing drugs coming into Vermont and the increasing number of shootings in the Burlington area its only a matter of time before the Green Mountain State joins the daily shooting deaths that plague Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and other large cities.

    How much more drug dealing and the accompanying shooting incidents will the Vermont legislature, the Burlington City Council, the ACLU and the social activists put up with before saying “enough is enough”.

  2. .
    Burlington is considered a New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area .
    The next Legislature must allow a massive increase in shifting priority in its spending . Rescind the GWS Act and all the subsidies for EVs or Heat Pumps and fund the police and the Drug Force. Drugs are an existential threat to Vermont, its businesses and its people.
    From the following report written in 2010 : https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs40/40392/40392p.pdf
    “Strategic Drug Threat Developments
    Opioid abuse (particularly the abuse of South American (SA) heroin and diverted controlled prescription opioids)
    is the primary drug concern in the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NE HIDTA) region. Opioid
    abuse is associated with high levels of violent crime and property crime and accounts for 70 percent of all illicit drug related treatment admissions and the majority of poison center hotline calls, hospital visits, and drug-related deaths in
    the region.
    The following are significant strategic drug threat developments in the NE HIDTA region:
    • Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) have increased their operations in the NE HIDTA region and are
    now significant wholesale suppliers of SA heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, which they transport directly from
    their sources of supply in Atlanta, Georgia; Houston and Dallas, Texas; and the Southwest Border area to New
    England.
    • Cocaine is readily available in the region; wholesale prices in most areas are elevated compared with those
    reported prior to cocaine shortages that occurred in New England in 2007.
    • Violence among street gangs is increasing in the NE HIDTA region, particularly violence associated with disputes over drug territories. Street gangs are expanding their drug distribution operations into rural and suburban
    areas.
    • Illicit drug abusers in the NE HIDTA region are unwittingly being exposed to illicit substances that they do not
    intend to ingest, primarily through their use of synthetic drug tablets/capsules (often represented as MDMA
    (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as ecstasy)), which are increasingly available in the region.
    The harmful adulterant levamisole has also been identified in cocaine samples from the region.”

  3. From the same report : where do the drugs come from :
    https://www.justice.gov/archive/ndic/pubs40/40392/40392p.pdf

    Drug Trafficking Organizations :
    New York City-based Colombian DTOs are the primary wholesale suppliers of SA heroin and cocaine in the NE
    HIDTA region. They typically transport drugs to the region to supply midlevel and retail-level distributors. Colombian DTOs sometimes contract with Dominican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Jamaican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and other
    Central America- and Caribbean-based groups to smuggle heroin and cocaine directly into the region for distribution.
    Increased law enforcement pressure along the Southwest Border has led some DTOs to use smuggling routes through
    Venezuela, Central America, and the Caribbean.
    Mexican DTOs have increased their operations in the NE HIDTA Region and are now significant wholesale suppliers of SA heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, which they transport directly from their sources of supply in Atlanta,
    Georgia; Houston and Dallas, Texas; and the Southwest Border area to New England. Mexican DTOs also supply
    limited amounts of ice methamphetamine to the region.
    Dominican DTOs are significant transporters and distributors of retail-level quantities of cocaine, commercial-grade
    marijuana, SA heroin, and CPDs in the region. Some New England-based Dominican traffickers travel to New York
    City to obtain drug supplies from Colombian and Dominican DTOs; conversely, some Colombian and Dominican
    distributors from New York City travel to New England to supply illicit drugs to Dominican traffickers.

  4. Here we go again failing to extend a warm hello and a helping hand to some of Vermont’s summer tourists from downcountry. Clearly we Vermonters need to come out of our cultural bubble and realize that in other parts of our own country, people settle disputes in different ways.
    Becoming familiar and comfortable with the different ways people having a disagreement interact is just part of celebrating diversity and acknowledging our common humanity!

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