News Release
July 01, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Crack Dealer Sentenced to Three-Year Term of Supervised Release

JUL 01 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Leon Keith Cromer, 24, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced on June 29, 2010 to a three-year term of supervised release after his guilty plea to charges that he possessed with intent to distribute cocaine base, commonly known as “crack” cocaine.

According to court records, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) obtained information during the Operation Marble Valley arrests on May 28, 2008, that two men were selling crack cocaine from a motel room in the City of Rutland. That afternoon, agents went to the motel and identified the room in which the suspects were staying. After knocking on the door of that room and speaking to one of the occupants, agents entered the motel room and found Cromer and Emanus. Emanus was in the process of flushing down the toilet items that appeared to be baggies of crack cocaine. An agent retrieved one of the baggies, whose contents appeared consistent with crack cocaine and later field tested positive for presence of cocaine. Cromer and Emanus were then arrested.

Cromer faced up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, which are now advisory, the recommended term of imprisonment was 78-97 months. In declining to impose a prison sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III noted, among other factors, that Cromer had strong family support and had successfully stopped using marijuana while awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the work of both DEA and ATF on this matter.