School Bus Drivers Arraigned On Heroin Charges

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A pair of school bus drivers, arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, have been suspended without pay from DATTCO pending the outcome of the investigations against them.

Jorge Aviles, 28, drove kids from Manchester to Webster School in Hartford, while Ashley Byrdsong, 29, took kids from West Hartford to Wintonbury School in Bloomfield.

Aviles and Byrdsong are in a romantic relationship.

The East Central Narcotics Task Force said they found 20 baggies of heroin in Aviles' Vernon apartment and 250 baggies of the drug in Byrdsong's Manchester apartment.

Byrdsong's attorney, Ron Johnson, claimed she had no clue heroin was being stored in her home and that her boyfriend was an alleged drug dealer.

"(The court) didn't find probable cause, there was no possessing narcotics at a school, in a housing project, and absolutely she loves kids, so please interpret that the right way," Johnson said.

Both Byrdsong and Aviles face several serious drug charges, including operating a drug factory and possession of heroin with intent to sell.

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