Drug plea deal saves Springfield woman from jail
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | October 23,2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Springfield woman accused of participating in a drug deal on behalf of “the Jersey Boys” gang, has made a plea deal that would keep her out of jail.
April Melendy, who turned 20 days before she was arrested in a mid-June drug sweep that netted 36 suspected drug dealers, pleaded guilty Tuesday to amended charges of aiding in the sale of narcotics. In exchange, she would be released on furlough.
Melendy told Judge Karen Carroll that she has been doing well since enrolling in a drug addiction program four months ago. She said she has been able to hold down a full-time job which, since she is no longer buying drugs, has allowed her to see a movie or buy a dress.
“It sounds like you are getting it together or have perhaps already gotten it together,” Carroll said. “Keep up the good work.”
Detectives said they had arranged for a confidential informant to buy drugs from New Jersey teenager Daniel Morales on April 1. When their informant showed up at the pre-arranged location, they said, the crack cocaine was delivered by Victoria Thompson, another of those eventually arrested in the drug sweep and still awaiting trial.
Melendy was the driver in the car when Thompson allegedly sold the drugs out the window to the police informant.
Morales, who went by the street nickname “Flip,” is already serving a one-year sentence in Vermont for trafficking heroin in the Springfield area. He is awaiting trial on three additional felony charges that he sold heroin and crack cocaine to informants in March.