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Rutland Man, Brett Carter, Sentenced to 21 Months in Jail for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

August 20, 2012

Burlington, VT – The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Tristram J. Coffin, stated that Brett Carter, 24, of Rutland, Vermont, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge William K. Sessions III, to 21 months in prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone between approximately December of 2010 until February of 2011. Additionally, Carter was sentenced to a term of federal supervised release of three years.

According to Court records, Carter conspired with Jason Boyd, of Chittenden, Vermont, and others to distribute tablets containing oxycodone. Boyd was the leader of a group of individuals who distributed oxycodone pills in the Rutland area. Boyd had contacts in Boston, Massachusetts who sold him Percocet 30 mg. pills. Those drug sources have been indicted and arrested by the federal government in Massachusetts. Boyd himself drove to Boston to deliver cash to his drug sources and, subsequently, sent Vermont couriers to Massachusetts to pick up the drugs. The couriers, including Brett Carter, drove the drugs back to Vermont where they were distributed to various individuals, working for Boyd, who sold the pills on the street in Rutland County. Boyd was sentenced on July 20, 2012 to 63 months in prison.

Carter was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 29, 2011 and was arrested on June 30, 2011. He pled guilty to the conspiracy charge on April 4, 2012. Due to violations of the terms of his pretrial release, Carter has been incarcerated prior to sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations. 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. Boyd was represented by Brad Stetler, Esq.

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