RUTLAND MAN AGREES TO 9-YEAR FEDERAL SENTENCE FOR HEROIN AND CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Calvin Alexander, 30, of Rutland has pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in the Rutland area. At a change-of-plea hearing before Chief Judge Christina Reiss of the United States District Court in Rutland, Alexander agreed to a 9-year sentence pursuant to a plea agreement with the Government. Chief Judge Reiss has deferred a decision on whether she will accept this plea agreement until Alexander’s sentencing, which is scheduled for October 9, 2013 in Rutland.
Alexander was charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine base in the Rutland area in 2012. Alexander is currently detained without bail as the Court previously ruled that they are 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 in February 2013, 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. In consideration of the defendant’s plea to a nine-year federal sentence, the United States Attorney’s Office agreed to recommend to the State Attorney’s Office that the state charges be dismissed.
The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella while the defendant is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Steven Barth. This case was investigated by the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives.