Miguel Serrano
Miguel Serrano
Tuesday March 26, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Tinted windows led to a Friday traffic stop that yielded cocaine and heroin valued at nearly $25,000, state police said.

Miguel A. Serrano, 20, of Holyoke, Mass., faces four felony charges after his Cadillac CTS was pulled over on Interstate 91 in Guilford.

Serrano was arraigned Monday in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on charges of cocaine trafficking, cocaine possession, heroin trafficking and heroin possession.

He was ordered held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield on $20,000 bond.

In a court affidavit, state police Sgt. Eric Albright wrote that he was monitoring northbound traffic just after 3:30 p.m. on Friday when he noticed a Cadillac with "extremely dark after-market tint over the driver's door window" in violation of state law.

"I observed the tint to be so dark I could not even make out a silhouette of the driver," Albright wrote.

He stopped the car, and Serrano allegedly was at the wheel. Albright wrote, without specifying, that he "made several observations of criminal activity while at the vehicle."

"Serrano also provided an implausible purpose for his travel," Albright wrote. "Serrano gave voluntary consent to exit the vehicle and accompany me to my vehicle."

Police say Serrano also agreed to allow a search of the Cadillac.

Another trooper who had arrived to assist Albright discovered "a ‘Foot Locker' plastic shopping bag from within the trunk of the vehicle," court documents say. "The bag had a softball-sized lumpy item in the bottom and was tied in a knot above the item."

Police opened the bag and "observed a large amount of suspected powder cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin packages," the affidavit says.

At that point, Serrano turned to a trooper and uttered an expletive indicating that he was in trouble, police said.

The powder cocaine found in the car weighed 166 grams, investigators said. A package of crack cocaine weighed almost 50 grams.

Based on street prices in the Brattleboro area, the cocaine is valued at $21,560, police said.

The 200 bags of heroin from the Cadillac's trunk were valued at approximately $3,000.

Serrano was advised of his Miranda Rights and refused to give any statements to police, Albright wrote.

Serrano's arrest came one week after state police arrested two Holyoke men -- 29-year-old Douglas Lozada and 25-year-old Edison Lajara -- who allegedly had been dealing cocaine and heroin in the Brattleboro area.

Those charges also were filed after a Guilford traffic stop, though the circumstances were different from Friday's bust: Police said Lozada and Lajara had been using Route 5 through Guilford to enter and leave Vermont, and they were stopped on Guilford Center Road.

Mike Faher can be reached at mfaher@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.