Speeding stop ends in drug bustBy ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | April 17,2013ERIC FRANCIS PHOTO
Miguel Fuentes, 33, was arrested in Springfield early Monday with cocaine hidden in his pants and is being returned to Massachusetts which has listed him as a fugitive since 2010.WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — What began as a routine traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 91 in Springfield early Monday ended in a drug bust that netted a fugitive sought by Massachusetts authorities since the summer of 2010.
Miguel Fuentes, 33, has a criminal record that shows numerous addresses in the Bronx over the years, along with a long string of arrests in that borough on drug and assault charges. He was the passenger in the car which was pulled over at 1 a.m. Monday after Vermont State Police clocked it at 75 mph.
Trooper Ryan Wood said the driver, who had a Massachusetts license, gave police permission to search his car. Wood said the driver admitted he was a former member of “the Crips” street gang and claimed that he did not know his passenger very well.
The driver said he was driving Fuentes to White River Junction, where he would try to locate an old friend, Wood said.
Fuentes initially gave police a fake name and claimed that his Social Security card made out to Miguel Fuentes actually belonged to his brother who was incarcerated, Wood wrote in his affidavit.
Police arrested Fuentes when they found an active warrant for skipping out on probation for a felony conviction of cocaine possession with intent to distribute in Braintree, Mass., Wood said.
Police found 3 grams of cocaine hidden in Fuentes’ pants, Wood said.
Massachusetts authorities emailed their wanted poster for Fuentes, and Wood said it matched their suspect right down to his tattoo of “a cartoon duck with two smoking guns.”
Monday in White River Junction criminal court, Fuentes received a sentence of two days to serve after pleading guilty to a felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to police.
Prosecutors and Judge Robert Gerety made it clear that the short sentence was contingent on Fuentes’ willingness to waive extradition for an immediate return to Massachusetts, where he could face jail time for the probation violation in that state.
Fuentes signed the extradition waiver. When asked if he had anything to say before the sentence was imposed, Fuentes told the judge: “I’m sorry for lying. I should just have been honest. I have a family to take care of and I should just have been honest. Sorry for lying.”MORE IN Southern Vermont
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