Jury Finds Connecticut Man Guilty of Drug and Gun Crimes
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on June 1, 2012, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Frank Annette, 35, of New Haven, Connecticut, on charges of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The verdict came on the fourth day of the trial. Annette has been detained since his arrest on March 1, 2011.
According to court records, Annette conspired with at least six others to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, and other drugs in the Windsor area from the spring of 2007 until January 2009. Annette served as a leader of the group, which distributed more than 10 kilograms of crack cocaine and 240 grams of heroin in Windsor. The conspirators also acquired and carried firearms in furtherance of their drug dealing.
Annette faces imprisonment for a term of not less than 10 years and not more than life on the narcotics conspiracy charge. The firearm conspiracy charge carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years. The firearm possession charge is punishable by a consecutive term of not less than 5 years and not more than life, resulting in an aggregate imprisonment term of not less than 15 years.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the joint investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Annette was represented by St. Johnsbury attorney David Sleigh. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Craig Nolan and Christina Nolan.
U.S. Attorney Coffin noted also that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhood, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office and ATF, Project Safe Neighborhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who violate federal gun laws. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Vermont, please visit: www.psn.gov.