A convicted felon living in Wolcott has been charged by federal authorities with felony distribution of crack cocaine in Lamoille County and illegal possession of a firearm in Caledonia County, according to court records.
Tedroy “T” Lashley, 34, appeared in U.S. District Court in Burlington for a detention hearing on Monday and was ordered held on grounds of being both a danger to the community and a risk to flee.
Federal Magistrate John M. Conroy noted Lashley had tested positive for both cocaine and marijuana when checked by the Pretrial Services Office after the arrest. Conroy also said Lashley no longer had a local residence available.
Lashley is charged with distribution of crack cocaine on June 14 at a Wolcott apartment and possession of a loaded .38-caliber revolver on June 20 in St. Johnsbury.
One woman reported Lashley is a former member of the Crips street gang and that he had completed a prison sentence recently for aggravated assault, according to a court affidavit from Morristown Police, which headed the investigation.
The witness told police Lashley would obtain drugs within Vermont and later sell them here, Morristown Detective Jason Luneau wrote in an affidavit.
The woman reported she allowed Lashley to live at her home in exchange for crack cocaine, Luneau said.
She estimated Lashley had provided her between one-half and 2 to 3 grams of crack each day over a three-week period before she threw him out about a week earlier, Luneau wrote. The woman also told police she bought an additional $500 worth of crack from him, Luneau said.
Lashley’s criminal record includes a felony conviction for assault, second degree on a victim age 65 or older in Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 24, 2014, federal court records show. He received four years in prison, records show.
Lashley had appeared briefly in federal court late Friday, but more time was needed. When asked that day about his last job, Lashley told Conroy it “was a long time ago.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Gilman, in his detention motion, wrote Lashley needed to be held because he was connected to both the distribution of narcotics and firearms and he was “involved in an assault in furtherance of his drug trafficking, which occurred close in time to the discharge of a firearm.”
Gilman also noted the significant sentence Lashley received for the assault in Brooklyn. The prosecutor also maintained the defendant has an untreated addiction to narcotics as reported by the pre-trial services report.
He also argued that Lashley, who was born in Barbados and lived for a long time in New York, has “three bench warrants, presumably from the defendant’s non-appearance.”
The Morristown Police began its investigation into crack cocaine distribution in the area June 14 when a confidential informant reported he or she could buy the drug from a man named “T.” Investigation showed he had moved in with a woman in Wolcott.
The informant, who owed $200 to “T” for a past drug debt, went to the Wolcott residence on June 14 with $300 to get even with him and also obtain a gram of crack cocaine, Morristown Police said.
The informant reported seeing a baseball size amount of crack, a golf ball size of powder cocaine and a small amount of heroin at the Wolcott residence, Luneau said.
The Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department responded about 3:40 a.m. June 20 to the residence on Vermont 15 in Wolcott where Lashley had been staying for a report of a serious assault and possible shots fired, court records show.
A woman was holding a blood-soaked rag to the back of her head, police said, and a deputy sheriff reported that bloodstains were visible on her shirt and back of her neck. He noted a vase with a plant was smashed into pieces on the floor by the front door.
The woman reported Lashley and three women entered her apartment and when her back was turned she was struck over the head, Luneau’s affidavit said.
One neighbor reported seeing three people flee in a red car. The Vermont Drug Task Force concluded it was Lashley, and later determined he was at an apartment on Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury with a red Audi parked in the driveway, court records show.
Three people later drove the car to the BAART Clinic for opioid treatment on Hospital Drive where a woman got out and went inside, while two men, including Lashley, remained in the car, the affidavit said.
About the time the Audi was brought back and parked near the St. Johnsbury apartment, the registered owner of the car reported it had been stolen, police said.
About two hours later surveillance officers spotted Lashley and a woman get back into the car, and he drove to the Family Dollar Store on Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury, police said. Lashley went inside the store, but when he came out Vermont State Police Sgts. Lyle Decker and Russell Finn arrested him.
The car was impounded and towed to the state police barracks in St. Johnsbury. A subsequent search authorized by the registered owner uncovered a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, police said. There was one used round and five unused bullets in the gun, police said.
Lashley said he was unaware of the gun on the floor in the front seat and that others have driven it, the affidavit noted. He also denied being around when the assault happened. Lashley also said he didn’t own a gun and that they are too dangerous. Under questioning he later admitted he was a convicted felon and could not possess a gun.
Assisting Morristown Police in the investigation were the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, the Vermont Drug Task Force and Stowe Police.