Tinmouth heroin suspect faces more chargesBy Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | April 11,2013
A Tinmouth man out on bail after his arrest in February on heroin trafficking charges is back behind bars after Vermont State Police say they found more than 100 bags of heroin on him during a traffic stop in Rutland on Tuesday.
Alan H. Willis, 40, pleaded innocent in February to a felony drug trafficking charge and misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession and violating court ordered conditions of release. Those charges stemmed from a state police raid at Willis’ East Road home where 1,500 bags of heroin worth $30,000 were found along with almost $5,000 in cash.
Bail for Willis was set at $200,000 in February — a sum that he was able to meet, a prosecutor with the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday.
He was due in Rutland criminal court Wednesday to answer to new charges including a felony count of heroin possession and misdemeanor charges of cocaine possession and violating conditions of release but his arraignment was postponed until today due to a medical issue, court officials said.
His latest arrest came after continued police surveillance following his release from jail on bail on the earlier charges. Police observed him conduct a suspected drug transaction in the Rutland Shopping Plaza at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to an affidavit filed with the court by state police Trooper Jason Johnson.
Johnson said police observed Willis fail to stop at a stop sign and neglect to use a turn signal before he arrived at the plaza where police say they watched him park in multiple locations before a man walked across the train tracks at the rear of the plaza and climbed into Willis’ 1994 BMW.
After the unknown passenger exited the vehicle, police say they stopped the car and found a small bag of crack cocaine in a cigarette pack and a total of 103 bags of heroin in Willis’ socks.
In the Tinmouth raid in February, state police executed a search warrant at Willis’ home following two undercover drug deals in which Willis allegedly sold more than $800 worth of heroin to an informant working with police, according to court records.
During a search of the home, police say they found about 1,500 bags of heroin weighing 47.8 grams inside a safe. Willis allegedly told investigators that he bought the heroin in New York.
The highest drug offense allowed under state law — trafficking — requires only 3.5 grams of heroin to prosecute.
If convicted of all the charges against him, Willis would face up to 77 years in jail.
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