News Release
For Immediate Release
August 04, 2010

Franklin County Man Sentenced
78 Months in Federal Prison for Dealing Oxycodone

AUG 04 --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 on August 3, 2010, Robert Burnell, 28, of St. Albans, Vermont, was sentenced to 78 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute oxycodone. Chief United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, sitting in Burlington, Vermont, also sentenced Burnell to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

According to court documents, for approximately two years prior to his arrest
on February 26, 2009, Burnell dealt large quantities of illegally obtained oxycodone pills to customers in Vermont. Pursuant to his arrest, law enforcement officers seized approximately $36,000 in cash and hundreds of oxycodone pills worth approximately $20,000 from Burnell.

For his crimes, Burnell faced a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. In sentencing Burnell, Judge Sessions considered, among other things, the harm that the oxycodone trade causes to communities like Franklin County.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northern Vermont Drug Task Force, the St. Albans City Police Department, the Williston Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Vermont State Police for their efforts during this investigation.