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Ferraro's Son Charged in Drug Case

February 22, 1986|Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — John A. Zaccaro Jr., son of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro, has been arrested on a charge of possessing cocaine.

Zaccaro, 22, a senior at Middlebury College, was arrested Thursday night by local and state police and arraigned Friday in Vermont District Court for Addison County.

Zaccaro pleaded not guilty to possession of a drug with intent to sell before Judge Frank Mahady and was released on his own recognizance, a court clerk said. If convicted, Zaccaro could face up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Addison County Deputy State's Atty. John Quinn said local and state police joined in executing a search warrant of Zaccaro's apartment and car Thursday night after Zaccaro allegedly sold one-quarter of a gram of cocaine to an undercover officer at the apartment.

"Our son John has had some legal difficulty," Ferraro said in a statement. "We love him and have confidence in him and will be standing beside him."

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