BRATTLEBORO -- A Brattleboro man faces up to 20 years in prison after he agreed to plead guilty to one count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. If the court accepts the agreement inked on April 28, Loren Bedward, 29, could also be placed on parole for the rest of his life when released from prison.

Bedward was arrested Jan. 15 in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Rutland, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Vermont. Bedward came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that same day after a confidential informant told a special agent that Bedward was selling heroin in Rutland.

He has been held without bail since he was arrested. His sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

When he was arrested, officers found approximately 100 bags of heroin on him, according to court documents. Officers found another 30 bags on the ground where he had thrown them. During an interview at the Rutland Police Department, Bedward told officers that the remainder of his heroin was located at another residence in Rutland. There, agents recovered approximately 280 bags of heroin.

Bedward, who is listed as living on Vine Street in Brattleboro, was previously arrested on June, 28, 2013, in Keene, N.H., and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, stemming from a home invasion that occurred on May 28, 2013, in Hartford. He was held at the Cheshire County House of Corrections pending extradition to Vermont. In October 2013 he was released on bond by the Vermont state courts.

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