Barre Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today Jonnathan Allen, 32, of Barre, was sentenced to 120 months on two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered that Allen serve four years supervised release after his incarceration ends, and that Allen forfeit $3245.
According to court records, on January 1, 2012, the Burlington Police Department was contacted about a domestic dispute involving Allen. Upon arrival, officers seized approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine from Allen, as well as $2315 in cash, digital scales and other indicia of drug dealing from a van in which Allen had traveled to Burlington. Allen was arrested and charged with felony possession of cocaine in Chittenden County Superior Court, and then released on conditions. On the evening of February 20, 2012, a trooper from the Vermont State Police Rockingham Barracks stopped a vehicle in which Allen was traveling north on Interstate 91. The stop led to a search of Allen, resulting in the seizure of 124 grams of crack cocaine from Allen's pants and $930 in cash. Arrested that night, Allen was charged in Windham County Superior Court with felony possession of cocaine. The state charges were dismissed after a federal grand jury indicted Allen, who has been detained since the February arrest.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the separate investigations by the Vermont State Police Rockingham Barracks and the Burlington Police Department, and thanked the Windham and Chittenden County State's Attorneys for their assistance and cooperation. Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin represented Allen. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan.