Skip to main content
Press Release

Lamar Carter, of Brattleboro, Sentenced To 60 Months’ Imprisonment For Heroin and Crack Cocaine Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on July 26, 2016, Lamar Carter, a.k.a. “Bando” and “Boogie,” age 25, of Brattleboro, Vermont, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, having pled guilty to the charge of conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. United States District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford, sitting in Rutland, also sentenced Carter to 3 years of supervised release.

Court records show that Carter was arrested for the drug trafficking conspiracy in September 2015 in Brattleboro. For about a year and half prior to his arrest, Carter worked with coconspirators from Brattleboro, Northeast Vermont, and New Jersey selling heroin and crack cocaine in the areas of Lyndon and St. Johnsbury. He was ultimately charged as part of an eight-defendant Indictment. Court records also indicate that Carter possessed guns and used violence in furtherance of the conspiracy. The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that Carter’s codefendant, Miguel Zayas, 29, of New Jersey, also pled guilty to the heroin and crack cocaine conspiracy, receiving a sentence of 8 years’ imprisonment from Judge Crawford on June 29, 2016. Zayas was the leader of the conspiracy.

Yesterday, Carter’s mother, Jacobina Carter, age 41, also of Brattleboro, was sentenced in Burlington by The Honorable William K. Sessions III, Senior United States District Judge, following her guilty plea to heroin trafficking. Judge Sessions gave Jacobina Carter a 42-month term of imprisonment. 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.

For his crime, Lamar Carter faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In sentencing Carter, Judge Crawford noted the seriousness of the offense, describing heroin as Vermont’s greatest public health crisis. On the other hand, he observed that Carter had an extremely traumatic childhood and answered to the conspiracy leader, Zayas, during the offense conduct.

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force; the Brattleboro, Vermont Police Department; the St. Johnsbury, 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 Paul Volk, Esq., of Burlington, Vermont.

Updated July 26, 2016

Drug Trafficking