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New York Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Drug Dealing in Rutland

March 13, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that yesterday Quincy Collins, 32, of Troy, New York, was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment on his guilty plea to a charge of possession with intent to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and powder cocaine in Rutland during February 12-13, 2012. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered Collins to serve five years supervised release after his term of imprisonment ends.

According to court records, troopers from the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks used a confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of crack from Collins’ co-defendant, Tiante Branch, 32, also of Troy, New York, during the evening of February 12, 2012. Troopers then obtained and executed shortly after midnight on February 13 a state search warrant for a hotel room occupied by Collins, Branch, and a third person. During the search troopers seized 153 bags of heroin, 26 grams of crack, and 37 grams of powder cocaine from Collins; 16 grams of crack and a loaded and chambered pistol from Branch; and several thousand dollars in cash. Arrested that morning, Collins and Branch were charged in Vermont Superior Court with drug crimes, which were dismissed after federal charges were filed. On January 7, 2013, Branch was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment on his guilty pleas to charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the investigation by the Vermont State Police Rutland Barracks and thanked Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre for his assistance and cooperation. Federal Defender Michael Desautels represented Collins. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig S. Nolan of the Rutland Branch of the United States Attorney’s Office.

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