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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Jail for Selling Crack Cocaine and Heroin in Rutland, Vermont

March 7, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Floyd Artis, 23, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today by Federal District Court Judge Christina Reiss, to 150 months in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine base and heroin in Rutland, Vermont, between the fall of 2008 and May of 2009. Artis was also sentenced to ten years of supervised release after the completion of his prison term.

According to Court records, Floyd Artis, known as "K.I." or "Snook," purchased heroin and crack cocaine from sources in Brooklyn , New York, and sold those drugs in the Rutland, Vermont area. He utilized females, whom he met in Vermont, to drive him back and forth between Vermont and Brooklyn in rental cars, to hide the drugs on their persons on the way back to Vermont, and to sell those drugs in and around Rutland. Artis carried a handgun to protect himself and his drug business during this conspiracy even though he was a convicted felon and disqualified from possessing a firearm. Artis committed this crime while on probation for a prior felony drug offense (also committed in Vermont) and during a time when he was on pretrial supervision in New York State for yet another drug felony offense committed in Brooklyn.

Artis was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 11, 2010 for aiding and abetting the straw purchase of a handgun. That indictment was later superseded on September 9, 2010 to add the charge that he conspired with others to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine in Vermont.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and, in particular, by the Resident Agent in Charge, James Mostyn. The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends ATF for its considerable work in this case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell. Artis was represented at trial by Alison Arms of the Federal Public Defenders Office, and, at sentencing, by Attorney Mark Kaplan.


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