SPRINGFIELD — Zaida Vega did not disappoint her supporters.
“The streets are ours!” the 25-year-old construction worker and alleged drug dealer announced as she was led, handcuffed and shackled, from her sixth arraignment in 24 months.
A dozen women and two men waited several hours in Springfield District Court to see Vega, who was arrested early Monday after city police allegedly found a loaded 40-caliber Luger in a car she was driving.
Vega had no license for the gun and no license to drive either, according to Assistant District Attorney Cary Szafranski, who recommended setting $25,000 bail on the new charges revoking the defendant’s bail in two open drug cases.
Around 2 a.m. Monday, police spotted several cars stopped on Main Street and blocking traffic. When a cruiser pulled up, Vega jumped into a car and attempted to drive away before being stopped, Szafranski said.
The officers recognized Vega, who was arrested twice on cocaine distribution charges earlier this year and has previous drug, assault and motor vehicle charges on her record, the prosecutor said.
Because neither Vega nor her passenger, Victor Vargas, of Springfield, had a driver’s license, police called a tow truck. While conducting an inventory of the car, they found a pistol with a defaced serial number hidden behind a spare tire in the trunk, the prosecutor said.
Vega and her passenger offered conflicting stories about who owned the car and how a loaded Luger ended up in the trunk, Szafranski said.
Defense lawyer Timothy Bergin said Vega neither owned the car nor realized a firearm was concealed in the trunk.
A construction worker, Vega has strong ties to the community and poses no risk to flee before trial, Bergin said.
Vega, wearing a shirt with “Empire State Cartel” printed on the front and “Escobar” on the back, showed no emotion during the bail argument. But as she was led from court, she called out in Spanish to her supporters, who responded with a mix of cheers and laughter.
Bail was also set at $5,000 for Vargas.
It’s business as usual in Springfield today. Ahh, can you smell that? Illegal guns, heroin and lazy-eyed queefcookies fresh out the oven. This is Zaida Vega, one of Springfield’s most infamous drug-dealing, illegal gun-toting career criminals.
You probably can’t tell by looking at her, but she stays lit. Surprisingly, Zaida and her clan haven’t been featured here yet, despite the exposure of the primarily female drug ring she was involved in which made news after a heroin bust in November of 2015. Maybe you remember them?
Amongst the drug ring, were her mother, Betzaida, and sister, Myriam. How’s that for a family business?
Hey, we all make mistakes. You live and you learn, right?
You have your run-of-the-mill lawbreakers who fall into the thug life, and then you have people like Zaida, who dropped out of her mom’s crotchwagon armed with a loaded gun and a kilo. (If you have 15 hours to kill, take a peep at – one of her many – Facebook pages. They’re a goldmine for total and complete ratchetry.)
So, how do you tell the difference between a shitstain who fell too far down the rabbit hole and a gutter rat whose mother could have used the good ol’ steeled-toed cunt punch at conception? Simple – count how many people attended your arraignment party at the courthouse. If you see your mother with a proud maternal glow in the twinkle of her eye, you’re the latter.
I know when I go to court for drugs, guns and assault, I invite my family and friends to cheer me on during my appearance. Ain’t no shame in my game. There’s no need to feel humiliated while shackled and being hauled away to jail, just yell into a crowd of supporters like a proud activist standing up for what’s right. The only thing to be truly embarrassed about is getting popped for something elementary like stealing clothes.
Seriously. If you’re going to exercise your right to a five finger discount, make sure you hit up a Bank of America, not your local Rainbow’s. That’s rookie shit.
Store owners rejoice, you’ve got 90 days to strap down those new Jordan’s. Don’t worry Zai, there’s plenty of swizz army skanks holding down your streets while you’re gone. They got you, fam!
Poor guy in the background just realized he was going to be on Turtleboy someday because of these two. Sorry, dude.
I can’t end this without asking one simple question. What do all ratchets have in common?
You guessed it..
Flat-brimmed Bulls hats, 100 emojis, and dog filters. How my hair look?
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