Terryville woman who allegedly sold drugs in front of children won't face prosecution

Published on Friday, 7 April 2017 21:11


PLYMOUTH - A Terryville woman who was accused of selling drugs from her home in the presence of three minor children will not face prosecution.

Jill Pellegrino, 43, was placed in a program Friday during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. The Drug Education Program could nullify one of two cases she was facing. The other case was dropped.

Pellegrino was first arrested July 15, 2015, on a felony risk of injury to a minor charge. 

The investigation started in May 2015 after police received an anonymous tip suggesting she had been selling narcotics from her home in the presence of children, according to the arrest warrant.

Furthermore, the warrant said, Pellegrino’s 13-year-old daughter told a school psychologist on June 1, 2015, that she believed her mother was selling crack cocaine. The girl said two other children, ages 16 and 4, were usually in the home when it happened, the document continued.

A state Department of Children and Families representative inspected Pellegrino’s home later that day and found a bottle of Xanax that was prescribed to a deceased person and a smoking bong that appeared to not have been used in some time, according to the warrant.

Police searched Pellegrino’s home on June 12, 2015, only reporting finding trace amounts of narcotics in her bedroom. Her cell phone, which was seized during the search, had information on it that suggested she was “involved in the local drug trade,” according to the warrant.

On Friday, the case was dropped. Paul Rotiroti, state prosecutor, said Pellegrino cooperated with DCF, which played a part in the case not being pursued.

Pellegrino was also charged with possession with intent to sell, failure to keep narcotics in the original container and two counts of possession of a controlled substance after she was found with $1,400, a small amount of cocaine and 14 pills during a traffic stop on Nov. 7, 2015. 

Pellegrino was placed in the Drug Education Program in connection with the traffic stop case. Those charges will be dismissed on April 3, 2018, if she’s successful in the treatment program. As part of receiving the program, Judge Richard Dyer asked that Pellegrino forfeit the $1,400 that was seized in exchange for waiving the DEP fees.

Pellegrino agreed and was admitted into the program.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Terryville on Friday, 7 April 2017 21:11. Updated: Friday, 7 April 2017 21:14.