Barre Man Indicted for Possession With Intent to Distribute Crack
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today Jonnathan Allen, 32, of Barre, was arraigned in United States District Court on an indictment charging that he possessed with intent to distribute 28 or more grams of crack cocaine on February 20, 2012. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered Allen detained pending trial.
According to court records, on the evening of February 20, a trooper from the Vermont State Police Rockingham Barracks stopped a vehicle in which Allen was traveling north on Interstate 91. The stop led to a search of Allen, resulting in the seizure of 124 grams of crack cocaine from Allen's pants and $890 in cash. Arrested that night, Allen was charged in Windham County Superior Court with felony possession of cocaine. The state charge was dismissed after a federal grand jury sitting in Rutland indicted Allen on March 14. In addition to the charge, the indictment seeks forfeiture of the seized cash.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin emphasizes that the charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Allen faces imprisonment for a mandatory minimum term of five years and a maximum possible term of forty years. Any actual sentence will be determined by the Court with reference to the statutory sentencing factors and the advisory sentencing guidelines.
United States Attorney Coffin commended the investigation by the Vermont State Police Rockingham Barracks and thanked Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver for her office's assistance and cooperation. Assistant Federal Public Defender Barclay Johnson represents Allen. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the Rutland Branch of the United States Attorney's Office.