Two N.Y. men, local woman answer to trafficking charge
By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer | March 04,2014
The day after Vermont State Police say they seized a large amount of heroin during a traffic stop in West Rutland, the three people arrested in the vehicle denied trafficking charges on Monday.
Daquan A. Lawrence, Frank Jenkins Jr., both of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Maria D. Ieremias, of Fair Haven, each face up to 30 years in jail if convicted of drug trafficking — Vermont’s most serious drug offense.
Lawrence, 20, Jenkins, 20 and Ierimas, 16, each pleaded innocent to a single count of heroin trafficking and a misdemeanor charge of narcotics possession.
Judge Theresa DiMauro set bail at $150,000 for Jenkins, whose lawyer did not argue against the prosecution’s bail request, but she lowered the amount for Lawrence to $100,000 after his defense attorney pointed out that the only prior charge brought against him was for failing to pay a transportation fare.
No bail was set for Ieremias, who was released into her parents’ custody. The judge set a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week curfew for the teenager with exceptions to allow her to go to school and medical appointments. She can also leave her Main Street home while accompanied by her parents or sister, the judge said.
The three were arrested Sunday afternoon following a traffic stop on Route 4 in West Rutland.
Vermont State Police Trooper Lewis Hatch wrote in an affidavit that he stopped the 2004 Audi A4 that Ieremias was driving after he clocked the eastbound vehicle travelling at 75 mph in a 65 mph zone.
During the stop, Hatch said he observed suspicious things such as an air freshener hanging from the driver’s side door and nervousness on the part of the driver.
While interviewing the teenager, Hatch said she admitted to the presence of drugs and a firearm in the vehicle.
A search of the car turned up 9.4 grams of heroin and a bottle containing morphine sulfate pills tucked in a drawer under the driver’s-side seat and a .44-caliber handgun inside a bag in the trunk.
No drugs or weapons were found on the passengers, but Hatch said Lawrence was carrying several small zip lock bags, which he said are often used to package illegal drugs, and $350 while Jenkins was carrying $2,330 in cash.