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Four Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

November 29, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that four people from the Chittenden County area, Ramell Holder, 34, of Burlington, Erin McKenna, 31, of Burlington, Jacky Castro, 40, of Jericho, and Marcus Sinclair, 31, of Winooski, have been charged with a variety of drug charges. The defendants entered pleas of not guilty to the charges in federal district court in Burlington, Vermont yesterday and were released on conditions.

According to court documents, Holder, Castro and Sinclair participated in a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine from 2007 to 2012. From November 2010 to April 2012, McKenna and Holder operated an apartment on Calarco Court in Burlington which was used for the purpose of distributing cocaine.

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, Holder, Castro and Sinclair each face up to 40 years in prison. McKenna faces up to 20 years in prison. 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 these crimes was lead by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Burlington Police Department and the Vermont State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy L. Fuller. 


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