Vermont no longer will let convicted drug dealers take part in a house arrest program under which John Zaccaro Jr. is spending his four-month cocaine trafficking term in a $1,500-a-month luxury apartment.

"Hallelujah!" said Addison County States Attorney John Quinn upon learning of Gov. Madeleine Kunin's announcement Thursday."I never considered that drug dealers were non-violent offenders. I never thought they should be in the house arrest program no matter who they are," said Quinn, who prosecuted Zaccaro and opposed his entry into the program.

The changes do not apply to those already in the house arrest program, including Zaccaro, the 24-year-old son of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

The action followed public outcry over the disclosure that Zaccaro was living in the maid-service apartment while in the program.