Vermont Man Tied To Nine Heroin Overdoses Arrested
Jason Schofield was arrested, but not immediately charged for his role in selling heroin that led to nine overdoses in one day.
On Tuesday, Burlington police arrested Jason Schofield, 31, for allegedly selling heroin that led to nine heroin overdoses last month, all resulting in hospitalization. No deaths were reported.
According to an affidavit obtained by the Burlington Free Press, Schofield was arrested after selling heroin stamped “Do Not Enter” to an undercover police officer and a confidential informant. He appeared in court on Wednesday, but charges have yet to be filed pending a detention hearing on Friday.
The “Do Not Enter” heroin was responsible for the nine overdoses in late April, according to emergency room personnel at Fletcher Allen Health Care. On Monday, the confidential informant who helped police set up the buy overdosed on the same heroin and agreed to cooperate following his recovery.
After his arrest, Schofield admitted that he was a heroin addict and said he’d be willing to help the police himself. “Schofield expressed that he wished to cooperate but advised he wished to speak with an attorney," the affidavit said. "Schofield advised the person with those bags was currently not around."
Schofield’s attorney, Ian Carleton, requested that his client be put into drug treatment while trying to arrange his release. However, Schofield has a long criminal record that includes convictions for assault on a police officer and disorderly conduct, which led the federal government to step in and request that he remain in federal custody until trial.