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Three Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Oxycodone in Grand Isle County

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July 23, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Michael Larrow, 54, of Grand Isle, Vermont, Elkin Tabares, 21, of Maspeth, New York, and Jonathan Delvalle, 24, of New York, New York were all sentenced to serve terms in federal prison after they pled guilty to participating in an oxycodone distribution ring centered in Grand Isle, Vermont. 

According to court records, Larrow was distributing oxycodone pills from his residence and bait shop in Grand Isle to a significant number of regular customers. Larrow's pill suppliers in the State of New York would frequently send couriers to Larrow's residence and bait shop to re-supply him with large quantities of the opiate-based pain pills and pick up the drug distribution proceeds. 

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the residence on August 18, 2011 and seized over $11,000 in cash and over 200 pills, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. Larrow was arrested at the time the search warrant was executed. Tabares and Delvalle were arrested later when they arrived at Larrow's house from New York to deliver oxycodone pills. Tabares was found with over 400 oxycodone pills. The men were there to deliver the pills and pick up the $11,000, which had been earned through Larrow's drug sales.

On July 23, 2012, Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Larrow to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He also forfeited the approximately $11,000 in cash and was ordered to pay an additional $18,000 money judgment.

On July 9, 2012 Judge Reiss sentenced Tabares to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. She sentenced Delvalle to 22 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on June 20, 2012. All three men faced a maximum sentence of 20 years. In determining their sentences, Judge Reiss considered the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, their criminal records, their respective roles in the offense, and the grave impact that opiate distribution has on the community. 

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the Vermont State Police, the Northern Vermont Drug Task Force, and the Grand Isle County Sheriff's Department for their work on this investigation. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. Larrow is represented by attorney Mark Kapan, Tabares is represented by attorney David Williams, and Delvalle is represented by attorney Lisa Shelkrot.

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