New York City Man Arrested for Trafficking Drugs into Vermont
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Mark Anthony Eusebio, aka “Slim,” 27, of New York City, was arrested yesterday after having been charged with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base, a Schedule II drug. Eusebio appeared today before the Honorable John M. Conroy, United States Magistrate Judge, and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing.
According to court records, the Vermont State Police’s Northeastern Vermont Drug Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations began investigating Eusebio earlier this month. On September 4, 2020, Eusebio and a criminal associate distributed approximately 74 grams of cocaine base to a confidential informant at the Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford, Vermont, just off Interstate 91. On September 21, 2020, law enforcement located Eusebio operating a Toyota Rav 4 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Agents arrested Eusebio and searched his vehicle. Inside a hidden compartment, agents located a Ruger handgun and approximately 60 grams of suspected cocaine base. Hidden elsewhere in the vehicle, agents located approximately 10 grams of suspected cocaine base and 20 grams of suspected fentanyl.
If convicted, Eusebio faces a mandatory minimum of five years of imprisonment and a maximum of forty years of imprisonment on each count. The actual sentence however, would be determined by the Court with guidance from the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the complaint are merely accusations, and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.
United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan commended the coordinated investigative efforts of the Vermont State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Vermont, Homeland Security Investigations in Derby Line, Homeland Security Investigations in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, and the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit.
The United States is represented in this matter by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ophardt. Defendant Eusebio is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender.