Springfield Resident Confesses to Year-Long Drug Sales in Vermont

A Springfield man who admitted guilt to narcotics sales in Vermont was given a prison sentence. Jose Luis Maldonado Jr., 33, of Springfield, also known as “Peeto,” reportedly entered a guilty plea to the charge of intending to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, and cocaine base, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont.

He was given a sentence of seven years and three months in jail, with an additional three years of supervised release, on Wednesday.

Following his arrest, Maldonado confessed to selling drugs in Vermont for almost a year, carrying a gun with him during deals, and exchanging drugs for a gun.

Maldonado was allegedly violent during these drug deals, shoving a gun to a woman’s head and pistol-whipping a man for misplaced cash, according to many witnesses in the case.

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Witnesses further stated that Maldonado and his cronies forced women to engage in sexual practices and bestiality by use of drugs and debt.

According to United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest, “This case represents yet another example of the connection between illegal drug trafficking, firearms, and violence. In addition, the defendant’s coercion of women based on their drug addiction or drug debts is especially pernicious. This office and our partners will not rest in our efforts to disrupt and prosecute those who sell illegal drugs, use firearms to conduct their business, and exploit the addictions of others.”

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