Woman sentenced to four years for heroin possession


BENNINGTON — A Brattleboro woman was sentenced on Thursday to serve four years in prison after pleading guilty in Vermont Superior Court to heroin possession.

Jennifer L. Pineda, 40, was charged in July with felony counts of heroin trafficking, possession of heroin, and trafficking heroin transported into state. The state agreed to drop all but the possession charge, to which Pineda pleaded guilty in exchange for the four year sentence which comes with credit for the time she has served. It also holds that she will be recommended to attend an addiction treatment program.

Pineda was charged along with Brianna Radcliffe, 19, of Brattleboro, who in October pleaded guilty to felony heroin possession charge. The state agreed to drop all Radcliffe's trafficking charges and give her a deferred sentenced for two years.

State Police said they found 494 bags of heroin in a vehicle being driven by Radcliffe while Pineda was a passenger. The bags were labeled "Rush Hour" and some were hidden in a can with a secret compartment.

Police said the value of that heroin, if sold in southern Vermont, would be about $5,000.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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