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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 25, 2016

Jacobina Carter, Of Brattleboro, Sentenced To 42 Months’ Imprisonment For Heroin Trafficking

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on July 25, 2016, Jacobina Carter, a.k.a. “Peaches,” 41, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was sentenced to 42 months in prison, having pled guilty to the charge of distribution of heroin. Senior United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, sitting in Burlington, also sentenced Carter to 3 years of supervised release.

Court records show that Carter was arrested in September 2015 in Brattleboro after selling heroin on several occasions to individuals cooperating with law enforcement. She pled guilty on December 21, 2015. Carter was initially released on conditions, including orders that she refrain from using drugs or committing new criminal offenses. In June 2016, however, Judge Sessions incarcerated Carter for positive drug tests and her involvement in assisting an individual selling heroin and crack cocaine in Keene, New Hampshire.

Court records further show that Carter began selling narcotics in Vermont in 2006. She started trafficking heroin in 2011 and continued to do so until her arrest in September 2015. Carter’s son, Lamar Carter, age 25, also of Brattleboro, has pled guilty in a separate case to participation in a large-scale, St. Johnsbury-based heroin trafficking conspiracy. He is set to be sentenced tomorrow in Rutland by The Honorable Geoffrey W. Crawford.

For her crime, Jacobina Carter faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In sentencing Carter, Judge Sessions noted her violations of Court conditions – including her participation in new drug trafficking activity while on release – as well as the long-term nature of her drug dealing. On the other hand, he observed that Carter was a street-level dealer who did not operate as part of a larger network or exercise control over others.

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force; the Brattleboro, Vermont Police Department; Homeland Security Investigations; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Assistant United States Attorney Christina Nolan prosecuted the case. Carter is represented by Mark Oettinger, Esq., of Burlington, Vermont.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated July 25, 2016