Vermont Kayaker Charged With Possessing 26 lbs Of Cocaine On Lake Champlain
On September 18th, Freddy Rodriguez was caught red-handed in Vermont with 26 pounds of cocaine.
Rodriguez was observed putting packages into a kayak on Lake Champlain, which ultimately led to his arrest. Federal agents were quick to respond to the suspicious behavior and eventually discovered the illegal substance in the kayak. Rodriguez was charged with possession with the intent to distribute, which can lead to between five and forty years in prison if convicted.
Rodriguez is from West Warwick, Rhode Island, and was caught by agents behind a rented camp in Highgate. When agents encountered Rodriguez, he had a bag and was walking towards the shore of Lake Champlain. While there, the agents received word that a vessel had entered the United States and was traveling south near the camp. They observed Rodriguez load objects from his bag into a kayak and begin to drag the boat into the water. It wasn't until the agents approached Rodriguez that he attempted to flee but was caught by law enforcement officials.
Testing The Packages
Rodriguez was released on conditions of pre-trial supervision following his detention hearing on Monday. His attorney did not immediately comment on the matter, but if he is convicted, Rodriguez faces a long sentence behind bars. The substance found in the packages that were being transported on Lake Champlain was a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
Rodriguez's case is another example of the persistent drug problem that continues to plague the country. Authorities will remain vigilant and continue to crack down on drug trafficking operations. It is important for everyone to be aware of the risks involved in these illicit activities and avoid getting involved. The consequences can be life-altering.