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Rutland Woman Indicted for Oxycodone Dealing

August 30, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today Sara Schoenwetter, 25, of Rutland, was arraigned in United States District Court on a charge of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Schoenwetter entered a plea of not-guilty and was released on conditions by United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy.

On April 12, 2012, Schoenwetter was arrested by the Rutland City Police Department (RPD) and charged by the Rutland County State's Attorney with possession and sale of oxycodone. On August 15, 2012, a federal grand jury sitting in Rutland returned an indictment charging Schoenwetter with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. On August 29, 2012, RPD and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested Schoenwetter pursuant to warrant.

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, defendant faces up to 20 years imprisonment. Any sentence will be determined by the Court pursuant to the advisory federal sentencing guidelines and the federal statutory sentencing factors.

The investigation was led by RPD with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and DEA. U.S. Attorney Coffin commended the collaborative investigation by the agencies, and thanked State's Attorney Marc Brierre for his cooperation. South Burlington attorney Richard Goldsborough represents Schoenwetter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the U.S. Attorney's Rutland Branch Office.

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