The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont announced today that Daniel Ruiz, 34, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Joel Ivan Caquias Aviles, 21, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, were arrested Wednesday evening and charged yesterday with a criminal complaint for conspiracy. to distribute controlled substances. Both men are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle this afternoon.
According to court records, numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies participated in a Rutland City Police Department operation targeting drug trafficking that occurred at the Highlander Motel in Rutland, Vermont. . Surveillance and interdiction efforts provided a probable reason to search three motel rooms. When officers executed the search warrant in room 15 of the motel, Daniel Ruiz fled through the motel window. Ruiz was later apprehended and found in possession of $1,700. Joel Ivan Caquias Aviles was held in room 15. During the search of the room, officers found approximately 37 grams of suspected cocaine base, 168 bags of suspected heroin, over $5,000 and a firearm. 9 millimeter Glock fist. The investigation revealed that Ruiz and Caquias Aviles were using a minor to help them distribute drugs to customers.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a criminal complaint contains only allegations and that Ruiz and Caquias Aviles are presumed innocent until and unless convicted of a crime.
United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest praised the collaborative investigative efforts of the Rutland City Police Department, Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Vermont State Police, Bennington Police Department, Weathersfield Police Department, Sheriff’s Department of Rutland County, the Ludlow Police Department, the City of Rutland Police Department, and the Vermont Department of Corrections.
The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Ophardt. Ruiz is represented by the Federal Public Defender. Caquias Aviles is represented by Devin McLaughlin, Esq.
The case is being prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime. https://www.justice.gov/psn