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Drug Dealer Imprisoned Five Years for Gun Crime

November 8, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Andrew Eames, 25, of Brattleboro, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for carrying and using a firearm in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Eames to serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends.

According to court records, on March 22, 2012 in Brattleboro Eames delivered an assault rifle to a confidential informant ("CI") working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Eames expected to receive cocaine and heroin in exchange, which Eames intended to distribute further. Prior to the operation, defendant provided firearms to a known drug supplier, who regularly supplied Eames with cocaine and heroin. Eames distributed the drugs to others, including a drug dealer in Rutland. After his March 22 arrest by DEA and ATF, Eames was indicted by a federal grand jury and detained by the Court.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended DEA and ATF for their joint investigation. Burlington attorneys David Watts and Robert Sussman represented Eames. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the U.S. Attorney's Rutland Branch Office.

U.S. Attorney Coffin noted also that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhood, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office and ATF, Project Safe Neighborhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who violate federal gun laws. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Vermont, please visit:




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