Two Men Charged with Conspiracy To Manufacture Methamphetamine
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that two men from the St. Johnsbury area, Thaddeus Gordon and Shawn Greenwood, have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Both men made their initial appearance in federal district court in Burlington, Vermont today and were detaining pending full detention hearings.
According to court documents, Gordon and Greenwood would purchase, and ask their associates to purchase, pseudoephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. During the investigation, investigators with the Vermont State Police searched an wooded area near the cemetery in St. Johnsbury and found containers, chemicals, residue, and other items are indicative of a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Police believe that Gordon and Greenwood manufactured methamphetamine at this location.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin emphasizes that the charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, the defendants face imprisonment for a term up to 20 years. Actual sentences in the event of conviction would be determined pursuant to the advisory federal sentencing guidelines and the federal statutory sentencing factors.
The investigation of this crime was led by the Vermont Drug Task Force with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Fuller.