Burlington Drug Dealers Charged
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated two Burlington residents, Stephen Bedell, age 50, and Christa Maynard, age 34, appeared in Federal court on October 3. Both were detained pending trial on a charge of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.
According to an affidavit submitted by a Burlington Police Detective, Burlington Police Officers arranged seven hand-to-hand undercover drug purchases from the two defendants during June through September, 2012. Officers also obtained and executed multiple search warrants around Chittenden County. Bedell was arrested during a drug deal, and multiple drugs, including crack cocaine, heroin, Oxycodone pills, marijuana, and other prescription medications were seized. Search warrants also resulted in the seizure of $154,000 in cash concealed in storage units controlled by Bedell. One of Bedell's vehicles was also seized.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered Bedell detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service until trial, observing that Bedell had multiple prior State of Vermont drug felony convictions. The Judge noted that one of the prior drug offenses appeared to have been committed when Bedell was under court supervision for another drug offense. The Judge ordered Maynard detained until she could be placed in an adequate residential drug rehabilitation program.
The United States Attorney stated that the charge is an accusation only, and that Bedell and Maynard are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted of the current charge, the maximum penalty is 20 years imprisonment.
The investigation is being handled by the Burlington Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Darrow. Stephen Bedell is represented by the Federal Public Defender's Office, and Christa Maynard is represented by Nancy J. Waples, Esq.