2 Brattleboro men arrested during morning raid

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BURLINGTON — Authorities arrested two Brattleboro men on federal drug charges Wednesday following a raid at their 50 Central St. residence, which included an elaborate video camera system designed to alert them about arriving police, court records show.

Jorge "Hess" Delaoz, 51, and Matthew "Biggs" Sinclair, 24, are charged with knowingly and intentionally distributing cocaine base in January and February.

They appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Burlington late Wednesday afternoon and Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered the hearing continued until Monday.

Drug investigators arrested Delaoz after he jumped out a window of the residence during the morning raid, court papers show. They note Delaoz had four grams of crack cocaine and 15 wax bags of heroin.

During a search of the room that Delaoz fled, detectives located a 380-caliber pistol near a set of keys to a Nissan registered to Sinclair and parked near the residence, court records indicate.

Sinclair was found in a bathroom where it appeared he was trying to flush narcotics down a toilet, but investigators still recovered 37 grams of cocaine from the toilet, the records noted.

Investigators had obtained a so-called "no knock state search warrant" to enter the residence Wednesday.

"The residence had two surveillance cameras allowing anyone monitoring the live-feed to see the approach of law enforcement," the detention motion noted.

The Vermont Drug Task Force had started a new investigation in Brattleboro in January with Delaoz and Sinclair as the possible targets, a court affidavit said.

The investigation included reported drug sales on Jan. 13 and Feb. 28.

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An informant purchased $80 worth of crack cocaine from Delaoz on Jan. 13 at 50 Central Street, while also settling a $200 past drug debt with Sinclair, a detective wrote. The informant said Sinclair was known for selling crack cocaine and heroin, the affidavit said.

The informant reported Delaoz began weighing the crack cocaine, while Sinclair was cooking the cocaine base on the stove in a Pyrex dish, the affidavit said.

Several other people were present during the sale, including a woman who opened the door when he knocked, court records show.

Just before the Feb. 28 sale the informant reported Sinclair was continuing to sell crack and heroin for several weeks out of 50 Central Street, court records show.

The informant had set up an $80 heroin sale and a $40 crack cocaine sale from Sinclair, but in the end $120 was spent on crack because Sinclair indicated no heroin was available at the house, records show.

The informant reported Sinclair had a large rock of crack cocaine that was estimated at two ounces, the affidavit said.

Delaoz has a lengthy criminal record that contains a number of prior felony convictions, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in its detention motion.

The motion noted Delaoz:

- Was sentenced to 57 months in prison for a federal drug conviction in New Jersey in 1992.

- Was sentenced to 4 years and 11 months in prison in Vermont following a felony drug conviction in Windham County in 2008.

- Is currently facing a felony heroin sale charge in Vermont Superior Court in Windham County.


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