Timmouth Man Indicted For Heroin Trafficking
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today Alan H. Willis, II, of Timmouth, pled not guilty in United States District Court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy granted the government’s motion to detain Willis pending trial.
According to court documents, Willis trafficked more than a kilogram of heroin in southern Vermont from early summer 2012 to February 2013. In late January 2013, the Vermont Drug Task Force (VDTF) used a confidential informant to make two controlled purchases of heroin from Willis, the first at his home and the second in the parking lot of Rutland’s Diamond Run Mall. On February 4, 2013, the VDTF and several other agencies executed a search warrant at Willis’s Timmouth residence, seizing 1500 bags of heroin and $4800 in cash. Originally charged in Rutland Superior Court by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Willis was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 24, 2013, leading to dismissal of the state charges.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin emphasized that the charge contained in the indictment is merely an accusation and that defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, defendant faces a maximum possible term of imprisonment of 40 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 investigation by the VDTF and thanked the Vermont Attorney General’s Office for its cooperation. Rutland attorney Elizabeth Mann represents Willis. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig S. Nolan of the United States Attorney’s Rutland Branch Office.