Brattleboro man held on federal drug charges


BRATTLEBORO -- A federal judge ordered a Brattleboro man held without bail on charges that he possessed heroin with the intent to distribute.

Loren "Luda" Bedward, 29, was arrested on Wednesday 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.

"According to the CI, the individual was from Brattleboro ... and used the street name of 'Luda' or 'L,'" wrote the special agent in his affidavit. "According to the CI, Luda approached the CI to inquire whether the CI would purchase heroin from Luda. Luda claimed to the CI that he had a large quantity of heroin for sale."

Later that evening, the CI was instructed to contact Bedward and arranged to meet him at a fast-food restaurant on Route 7. After Bedward arrived, he and a female left their vehicle and entered the restaurant. When they exited, they were approached by law enforcement officials who identified themselves as such.

"Bedward turned and ran toward the front (of the restaurant)," wrote the special agent. "As Bedward ran around the building, law enforcement observed Bedward throw something to the ground."

Bedward was subsequently taken into custody and officers found approximately 100 bags of heroin on his person, according to the affidavit. Officers found another 30 bags on the ground where he had thrown them, wrote the special agent.

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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