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Federal judge: Meth suspect must face state charges, too

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He's been indicted on federal drug charges for allegedly making meth in his parents' backyard. Now a Burlington judge says the Hinesburg teen must also answer for his state crimes.

State prosecutors say Jacob Berino, 19, stole from his parents to support his drug habit. But he was not in court Tuesday.

Six weeks ago the feds allowed him to attend a 3-6 month drug rehab program in New Hampshire. Berino has been in federal custody since November, when the feds allegedly discovered a meth lab at his Hinesburg home.

But a Burlington judge says he can't ignore Berino's burglary and grand larceny charges while the federal case plays out.

"We're going to put this on a jury list and if he's not here, you are going to have to issue an arrest warrant or do something because it's gone on for months now and I don't know why the two of you can't come to an agreement," Vt. Superior Judge Brian Grearson said.

Berino's lawyer refused a plea deal on the state charges because she says it would hurt her client's federal case. A jury will be selected in late June.

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