Police arrested a man Tuesday suspected of selling the same heroin that last month resulted in a one-day episode where nine people overdosed and had to be hospitalized.
Jason Schofield, 31, appeared briefly before federal Magistrate Judge John Conroy on Wednesday afternoon. Schofield, who has yet to be formally charged, was ordered held pending a detention hearing Friday.
According to a police affidavit, Schofield was taken into custody Tuesday after he sold heroin to a confidential informant and an undercover police officer in Burlington.
The affidavit stated some of the heroin Schofield was selling was packaged in bags stamped with the words "Do Not Enter."
Those are the same words that were on packets of heroin sold to a Winooski individual who was among the nine overdose cases handled April 29 by personnel at Fletcher Allen Health Care, the affidavit stated.
Schofield also sold packets with the "Do Not Enter" wording to a person on Monday, warning the individual to be careful because "everybody has been falling out on this" drug, according to the affidavit.
That person later overdosed on the heroin but survived, the affidavit said. The person then agreed to cooperate with police and participate in a controlled purchase Tuesday of heroin in Burlington. That heroin was contained in packets marked with the Major League Baseball logo and the term "MLB 2014."
Schofield, after being arrested, admitted he was a heroin addict, court papers state. He was then asked about selling heroin bags with the "Do Not Enter" stamp.
"Schofield expressed that he wished to cooperate but advised he wished to speak with an attorney," the affidavit said. "Schofield advised the person with those bags was currently not around."
Schofield, wearing camouflage shorts and a dark-colored hoodie, spoke little during his Wednesday appearance.
His attorney Ian Carleton, said he was seeking to get Schofield into a residential drug-treatment program and arrange for his release on conditions. Carleton said Schofield was employed at the Anchorage Inn in South Burlington.
Schofield's criminal record include convictions for assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief.
The federal government has filed papers asking that Schofield remain in federal custody pending his arraignment and trial.
"He is a long-time heroin addict who recently distributed a brand of heroin that has caused overdoses," a government detention request said in part.
Free Press Staff Writer
7:56 p.m. EDT May 14, 2014
Burlington Free Press
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Police arrest man tied to nine heroin overdoses last month