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Nicholas Depalo Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2013

Burlington, VT – Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Nicholas Depalo, 30, formerly of Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha for conspiring to distribute cocaine between approximately January of 2010 and March 31, 2011. He was sentenced to two years of supervised release, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service during the first year of his supervised release, and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

According to court records, Depalo conspired with Jorge Peralta and others to distribute cocaine in the Burlington area of Vermont. Depalo obtained the cocaine from Peralta who, in turn, traveled to Philadelphia and New York City to acquire the controlled substance. On January 12, 2012, Peralta was sentenced by Judge Murtha to 72 months in prison for his role as a supplier in this conspiracy.

Depalo was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 22, 2011 and first appeared in court on October 20, 2011. On May 29, 2012, Depalo pled guilty to a single count Information that charged him with conspiring to distribute cocaine.

This case was investigated by the South Burlington Police Department, the Burlington Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell. Depalo was represented by Attorney Paul Volk.

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