BURLINGTON — A man arrested in Washington County on drug charges — and later agreed to serve as a cooperating source — was busted again when he showed up to work with police with crack cocaine stuffed in his buttocks, federal court records show.
Iman “Geo” Hardy, 44, of Barre, and formerly of Malden, Massachusetts, is now charged in U.S. District Court in Burlington with knowingly possessing crack cocaine in Washington County with the intent to distribute it, according to the criminal complaint.
Barre City Police seized 13 grams of crack cocaine from Hardy on May 3 as he prepared to help officers with a drug buy, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a court affidavit.
Barre City and Berlin police initially arrested Hardy on April 30 on a charge of sale of cocaine and later searched his vehicle and his hotel room where he was staying, court records show.
Barre Cpl. Jonathan Houle said $12,749 was seized in the case. Hardy said he was unemployed and recently freed from prison, a court affidavit said. When asked about the source of the money, Hardy said he got it from selling marijuana and “other things,” and that he could make money in Vermont, the affidavit noted.
Three days later, Hardy met with local law enforcement officers to become a cooperating source to help conduct a controlled purchase, court records show. Hardy signed a contract with the Barre City Police acknowledging the rules of being a cooperating source, including that he and his vehicle would be searched before any drug buys, the affidavit said.
During the search of Hardy, a hard object was felt between his buttocks, but he maintained there was nothing there. Hardy repeated he was carrying nothing, but another pat down by a second officer from the Vermont Drug Task Force appeared to reinforce the finding by the initial investigator, court records show.
Hardy eventually claimed he was carrying marijuana, but when pressed he admitted it was crack cocaine, police said. Hardy eventually surrendered 13 grams of crack cocaine to officers, according to the DEA.
Hardy appeared briefly in federal court on Friday, but Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy continued the case until Monday to conduct a hearing on the request of the government that the defendant be held pending trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Darrow wrote that Hardy has a substantial criminal history, including a recent lengthy prison term for a drug case.
“The circumstances indicate a recidivist drug dealer, promptly reoffending after a recent drug arrest,” Darrow wrote in his motion.
Conroy said the Pretrial Services Office reported Hardy has nine prior convictions, including two in federal court for distribution of crack cocaine. Conroy said Hardy also has violated federal supervised release.
Defense lawyer Brooks McArthur said he would not contest detention, but might file a motion for reconsideration.
Conroy said Hardy was entitled to a probable cause hearing Friday afternoon. He would lose it if a grand jury indicts him in the interim.