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Massachusetts Man Sentenced to 66 Months In Prison For Selling Heroin and Crack Cocaine

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 May 16, 2017, Childlove Gelin, 25, was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison after his guilty plea to charges that he distributed heroin and cocaine base, and that he conspired to distribute heroin and 28 grams or more of cocaine base. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Gelin serve four years of supervised release after his prison term.

According to court records, between July of 2015 and April of 2016, Gelin and his associates sold heroin and cocaine to an informant on 10 separate occasions. When Gelin was arrested on April 18, 2016, 44.7 grams of cocaine base and $2,871 were located in his Brattleboro apartment. During the course of the offense, Gelin also possessed a handgun. Gelin has been in federal custody since the time of his arrest.

For his crimes, Gelin faced a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence and a statutory maximum term of 40 years in prison. The government and the defense agreed that a 66-month prison sentence was appropriate. In imposing that sentence, Judge Reiss considered the severity of the offense, the harm heroin has caused the Vermont community, and Gelin’s criminal record, among other factors.

Acting United States Attorney Eugenia Cowles commended the efforts of the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force and the Brattleboro Police Department for their work in this investigation. Acting United States Attorney Cowles noted that this case is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Vermont Heroin Initiative, which is a coordinated effort by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat heroin distribution in Vermont.

The prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christina Nolan and Nate Burris. Gelin is represented by Brooks G. McArthur of the Burlington law firm Jarvis & McArthur.

Updated May 17, 2017

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