RUTLAND MAN SENTENCED TO NINE YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR FEDERAL CONVICTION FOR HEROIN AND CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on December 18, 2013, Chief Judge Christina Reiss, of the United States District Court, sentenced Calvin Alexander, 31, of Rutland to nine years imprisonment for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in the Rutland area. Alexander previously pled guilty to this offense and had agreed to a nine-year sentence.
According to court records, two weeks before the federal drug 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 jointly investigated by the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives.