BENNINGTON >> A former state employee has received a suspended sentence for dealing heroin.
Kacey E. Caprari, 35, of North Adams, Mass., pleaded guilty Feb. 2 in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of heroin sale, and violating release conditions. The state dropped a felony count of conspiracy to sell drugs as part of the agreement.
She was sentenced to serve between two and four years in prison, however all of that was suspended. She will be on probation until Feb. 1, 2018, and as part of the agreement can not be discharged early. The Department of Corrections will have to approve where she lives, can restrict whom she associates with, and can impose a curfew.
In July, Caprari was arrested at the State Office Complex where she worked in the Office of Child Support under the Department for Children and Families. Members of the Vermont Drug Task Force received information from someone they only identified as "CARL" who said Caprari was selling heroin. They also spoke to people arrested for allegedly selling drugs in the North Adams area who also said Caprari was involved in the drug trade.
When police searched Caprari's car, they found 12 empty heroin bags, a burnt spoon, syringes, a small amount of marijuana, and a Naloxone kit. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse opioid overdoses.
According to a police affidavit, Caprari was arrested by North Adams Police in October after they responded to the parking lot of the McDonald's on Union Street for a report that a woman was in her vehicle, unconscious. Police found in her car hypodermic needles, 77 bags of heroin, cocaine, and a glass pipe. Caprari told police she had used cocaine that day and planned to kill herself using the heroin.