Corina Castro, her boyfriend DaJuan Williams and his father Edgar Scott are all behind bars after police say they traveled from Michigan to sell crack cocaine to Vermont addicts.
"We've certainly had them from the greater New York City area, even Albany, Schenectady, coming into Vermont. That's unfortunately become more normal. But to come here from Detroit, Michigan, is definitely not the norm," said Det. Sgt. Charles Cole of the Colchester Police Dept.
Police say the trio came directly to Vermont without stopping to sell drugs in other communities along the way, and they admit this was their second 700-mile trek to Vermont this week. Their alleged drug-trafficking scheme unraveled with a traffic stop.
The Colchester detective was in a marked police cruiser traveling around the traffic circle in Winooski, when he says he noticed the car in front of him smelled like marijuana. He later stopped that vehicle on Main Street.
Williams was driving and told police he panicked when he noticed the cruiser. Castro, 19, a passenger in the car, surrendered a small bag of marijuana. But police found two and a half ounces of crack cocaine hidden in a sweatshirt, baggies and a scale when they searched the vehicle.
"It's a lot for a state charge. It's not quite at the threshold amount for a federal charge. Again, that's widely known in the drug trade industry, both sellers and users of drugs, they know what the thresholds are when cases go federally and when they stay in state court," Cole said.
In addition to drug charges, they're also facing allegations of child cruelty. Police say Castro's toddler was riding in the back without a car seat.
"They've admitted this is not their first trip to Vermont. They've come here before, so they've got a 2-year-old that's exposed to the drug trafficking, of customers coming and going and the inherent violence that comes along with it," Cole said.
On Tuesday, Castro's Michigan relatives showed up at the police station to take the little girl home.
Castro and Scott were under court orders to not leave Michigan. Williams was wanted on a warrant there. All three denied the charges in court and were held for lack of $100,000 bail.
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