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Jorge Peralta Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine in Burlington, Vermont

July 9, 2012

Burlington, VT – The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Tristram J. Coffin, stated that Jorge Peralta, 41, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on July 3, 2012, by Senior United States District Court Judge, J. Garvan Murtha, to 72 months in prison for conspiring to distribute at least 500 grams of cocaine between January of 2010 until March of 2011 in the Burlington, Vermont area.

According to Court records, Peralta traveled to locations in New York City to purchase cocaine. He then transported the cocaine back to Vermont, usually in rental cars, for resale to a number of lower level distributors including, but not limited to Nicolas Depalo, whose own sentencing is now scheduled for September 24, 2012.

Peralta was arrested on March 31, 2011, after a search of his residence pursuant to a state court warrant was executed. The search yielded several hundred grams of powder cocaine as well as ecstasy pills, marijuana, and tablets containing oxycodone. Peralta was first indicted by a federal grand jury on April 14, 2011. He pled guilty to a Second Superseding Indictment on January 12, 2012.

This case was ably investigated by the South Burlington Police Department, the Burlington Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys, Craig Nolan and Nancy J. Creswell. Peralta was represented by Nancy Waples of the firm Hoff Curtis, Burlington, Vermont.

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