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Prosecutor: Anastasio Had Heroin, Pills In Car

Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio had heroin and painkillers in his car when he was arrested for weaving down a rural Washington County road near the Vermont border in December, a prosecutor said T

Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio had heroin and painkillers in his car when he was arrested for weaving down a rural Washington County road near the Vermont border in December, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

The guitarist, 42, who lives in Richmond, Vt., and has been performing solo since Phish broke up in 2004, pleaded not guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

An indictment handed up since then added a felony drug possession charge related to the discovery of the painkiller hydrocodone, prosecutors said. The indictment also includes misdemeanor drug possession charges for heroin, oxycodone and alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug.

Anastasio was also charged with failure to keep right, driving under the influence of drugs and driving while intoxicated. According to the Burlington Free Press, he could arraigned as early as tomorrow (Feb. 16). If convicted on all charges, he could face 14 years in prison.

Whitehall police pulled Anastasio over when they spotted his car weaving early Dec. 15 about 65 miles north of Albany. Police said they found quantities of prescription drugs not prescribed for him.


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