Kareem Campbell Arrested on Charge of Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Kareem Campbell, 29, was arrested on March 9, 2012 for a violation of the federal firearms laws. On March 12, 2012, Campbell appeared in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered that Campbell be detained pending trial.
According to the Complaint, ATF agents and members of the Burlington Police Department executed a controlled meeting between a confidential informant and Campbell in Winooski, Vermont. During this meeting, Campbell exchanged cash and crack cocaine for a .40 caliber Glock pistol.
The United States Attorney emphasized that the charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty. If convicted, Campbell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Burlington Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and the Winooski Police Department. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Doyle. Kareem Campbell is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender.