Friday February 8, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A Connecticut man who sold heroin in Brattleboro under the alias "Country" will serve five years in prison.

Jesse Anderson, 33, of Hartford, Conn., was sentenced this week in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division after pleading guilty last month to three counts of heroin sale or delivery.

Anderson’s arrest came in September after an investigation that began in August and resulted in police-controlled purchases of 91 bags of heroin.

In court affidavits, state police said they used a "cooperating individual" to set up an initial drug buy in early August from a man they knew only as "Country."

That transaction happened at an apartment in the 900 block of Western Avenue where police were told that Country was dealing heroin from the attic. Under surveillance, the informant bought heroin with $240 in bills provided by the Drug Task Force.

The deal was supposed to be for 20 bags of heroin, but the informant returned with only 18, police said. The informant then returned to the apartment, where investigators said Country apologized by offering three more bags.

"That was my fault. I should have counted them first," he said in a conversation recorded by police.

A second drug buy followed later in August at the Quality Inn on Putney Road, where the suspect was staying.


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With state police detectives watching, Country met the informant in the parking lot and sold another 20 bags of heroin for $240, police wrote in an affidavit.

After the buy, court documents say, a detective followed Country into the hotel and watched him enter a room.

The final purchase occurred at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Western Avenue. This was a much larger transaction: In the parking lot, Country handed over 50 bags of heroin for $550, court documents show.

He mentioned that "prices would be better if (the informant) ordered from him sooner," police said in an affidavit.

Investigators say they learned Country’s real identity on Aug. 21. They noted that he was a passenger in a Ford Explorer that had pulled out of the Quality Inn and later was spotted speeding on Western Avenue.

Upon request, Country produced "multiple forms of identification" showing his name was Jesse Anderson, police said. Anderson was not arrested at the time, but the driver was issued a warning for speed and seat-belt violations.

It is not clear when that stop took place in relation to the controlled drug buys. But on Sept. 11, court documents show, police again stopped the black Explorer on Putney Road after it had pulled out of the Quality Inn.

This time, Anderson was arrested for selling narcotics.

"Narcotics? To who?" he allegedly asked.

That same day, during an interview at the Brattleboro state police barracks, Anderson admitted to selling crack and heroin in Vermont and said he had been doing so since the end of July, police said.

"Anderson advised selling drugs in Vermont was only going to be a temporary thing for him and that he only wanted to make money for his children," police wrote in an affidavit.

They added that "Anderson advised he planned to leave Vermont permanently tomorrow and not come back. Anderson advised he knew what he did was wrong and that he wasn’t going to lie to the police about what he was doing."

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