Rutland Couple Indicted for Drug Trafficking
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that yesterday Valentino Anderson, 47, and Crystal Hall Anderson, 29, both of Rutland, pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Mr. Anderson also pled not guilty to a charge of distribution of heroin. Both defendants were detained pending trial by United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy.
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 they are proven guilty. If convicted, defendants face a maximum possible term of imprisonment of 20 years, however any actual sentence in the event of conviction will be determined pursuant to the advisory federal sentencing guidelines and the federal statutory sentencing factors.
United States Attorney Coffin commended the collaborative investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Vermont State Police with assistance from the Rutland City Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig S. Nolan of the United States Attorney’s Rutland Branch Office.