Rutland Man, Who is Facing State Charges for Rutland Home Invasion, Now Indicted on Federal Drug Charges
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated Calvin Alexander, 30, of Rutland has been indicted by the federal grand jury sitting in Rutland for three counts of distributing heroin and cocaine base. The United States alleges that the drug deals took place in Rutland. At a hearing before Magistrate-Judge John Conroy on March 7, 2013, Alexander pleaded not guilty to the charges. Judge Conroy ordered Alexander detained pending trial and ruled that there were no conditions of release that could reasonably assure the safety of the community or the defendant’s appearance.
According to court records, two weeks before the federal charges were brought, the defendant was charged in state court with a home invasion in Rutland. According to state court records, this home invasion allegedly involved four male subjects, including the defendant (also known as “Drama”), storming into a Rutland residence with pepper spray and a firearm and attempting to rob the occupants of drugs and cash. Two of the occupants were injured in the assault. The defendant allegedly actively participated in this home invasion, including kicking in the door.
The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty. If he is convicted, Alexander faces a maximum possible term of imprisonment of twenty years. However the actual sentence in the event of a conviction, will be determined pursuant to the advisory federal sentencing guidelines and the federal statutory sentencing factors.
The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella while the defendant is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender David McColgin. This case was investigated by the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives.