School bus driver in Vernon charged with selling heroin

Vernon (AP) — A school bus driver in north-central Connecticut has been charged with selling heroin, but authorities say none of the alleged activity happened on his bus.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jorge Aviles of Vernon and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Ashley Byrdsong of Manchester, were arrested Thursday in an investigation by a regional drug task force including Vernon and Manchester police. Both were held on $150,000 bail on charges including possession of heroin with intent to sell.

Police say they searched Aviles and Byrdsong's homes and found 270 bags of heroin. Authorities say Aviles had a handgun on him when he was arrested.

It's not clear if Aviles and Byrdsong have lawyers.

Authorities say Aviles worked for DATTCO bus company in South Windsor. Bus company officials say Aviles is on unpaid leaving pending the criminal case.

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