BURLINGTON MAN SENTENCED FOR CRACK POSSESSION
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today Isaac Owusu, 22, of Burlington, was sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months and one day on his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. United States District Judge J. Garvan Murtha also ordered that Owusu serve three years supervised release after his incarceration ends.
According to court records, in October 2011, the Burlington Police Department (BPD) made a series of controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Jaime Langlais, 26, of Burlington. On October 25, 2011, BPD arrested Langlais after she departed the Grant Street, Burlington residence of Owusu. At the time of arrest Langlais had more than 100 grams of crack cocaine in her possession. That same day BPD obtained a search warrant for Owusu’s residence. Upon execution of the warrant, BPD seized 27 grams of crack and $5400 in cash from Owusu’s bedroom. Originally charged in Chittenden Superior Court, Owusu and Langlais were indicted separately by a federal grand jury on November 10, 2011, resulting in dismissal of the state charges. Langlais has entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and is scheduled for sentencing on June 25, 2013.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the investigation by BPD, and thanked the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance and cooperation. Burlington Attorney Paul Volk represented Owusu. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan.