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Jury Convicts New York Man for Dealing Crack and Heroin in Barre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on April 15, 2013, a jury convicted Kevin Harris, 28, of New York City, of conspiracy to distribute heroin and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, and three counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Harris was found not guilty on possession of a firearm in furtherance of the conspiracy and a fourth charge of distribution. The verdict was returned Friday at approximately 7:00 p.m. after three days of trial. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III presided over the trial.

According to court records, Harris, along with Anthony Miller, 28, and Dondre Chisom, 19, both of New York City, brought crack cocaine and heroin from New York City to Barre during August and September, 2011. The men sold the crack and heroin from the apartment of Rebecca O’Neill, 28. Beginning in August 2011, the Vermont Drug Task Force (VDTF) made a series of controlled purchases of drugs from the men. On September 23, 2011, the VDTF executed a search warrant at O’Neill’s apartment, seizing nearly 28 grams of crack, approximately 11 grams of heroin, a revolver, several thousand dollars in cash, and other evidence of drug trafficking. Present were Chisom, Miller, and O’Neill, all of whom were arrested and charged in United States District Court. Further investigation resulted in the identification and arrest of Harris in New York City on July 10, 2012. Harris has been detained since his arrest.

Harris faces a term of imprisonment between ten years and life. His sentencing hearing is not yet scheduled. On August 24, 2012, Chisom was sentenced to five years imprisonment on his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute heroin and more than 28 grams of crack cocaine. Miller and O’Neill have entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiring to distribute crack and heroin. They are awaiting sentencing.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the VDTF for its investigation of these crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office provided assistance. Burlington attorney Thomas Sherrer represented Harris. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Craig Nolan and Kevin Doyle.

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