BARRE — One of two Massachusetts teenagers arrested last week after a search warrant turned up drugs has been charged with a federal drug crime.
Jose Enrique Gonzalez-Feliciano, 19, of Springfield, Massachusetts, has been charged with a felony count of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute. If convicted, Gonzalez-Feliciano faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
Eric Brimo, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said in his affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Burlington that state police started an investigation earlier this month into four guns that had been stolen from a home in Washington. Brimo said the investigation showed the guns were reportedly inside a room at the Hollow Inn in Barre. Police obtained a search warrant for the room and Brimo said inside they found Gonzalez-Feliciano and Agdriel Del Valle Cordero, 19, also of Springfield.
Police said Cordero is facing state drug charges in this matter.
Brimo said the room smelled strongly of marijuana and there was a bag containing suspected marijuana in the room. He said Gonzalez-Feliciano was searched and police found a large plastic bag containing a white, rocky substance that appeared to be crack cocaine.
Gonzalez-Feliciano also had on him $2,658, according to court records.
Once the drugs were found, Brimo said police obtained an amended search warrant for the drugs. He said police then found about 1,600 bags of suspected heroin and more suspected crack cocaine.
Brimo said Gonzalez-Feliciano told him he came to Vermont after recently meeting a friend named “Josh.” He told Brimo the crack cocaine that was in his pocket was his and he had been selling it, but the money police found didn’t come from drug sales.
Gonzalez-Feliciano denied having any guns in the room, according to court records, but said a female had come to their room looking to exchange a gun for drugs. He told police he did not make that exchange.
Brimo said Gonzalez-Feliciano also admitted the heroin was his, but he doesn’t really sell heroin and it was dropped off by someone. Brimo said Cordero denied knowing about the cocaine and the heroin and told investigators he came to Vermont to smoke marijuana and hang out.
Police said they seized about 8.2 grams of crack cocaine and about 182 grams of heroin. The case is still under investigation and additional charges are expected.