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New York City Man Sentenced to Eleven Years for Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

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

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Corey Carter, 32, of Brooklyn, was sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court in Rutland to 132 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute heroin. United States District Judge Geoffrey Crawford also ordered that Carter serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term. Carter had been in the custody of the United States Marshals Service since his June 2016 arrest.

Carter pleaded to a Superseding Indictment charging him with conspiring with brothers Sebastian and Yorgan Benjamin, and others, to distribute heroin in May 2016. Court records indicate that Carter and the Benjamin brothers tried to distribute heroin out of an apartment in Rutland, with Carter leaving town after setting up the Benjamins in the apartment to sell Carter’s heroin. Unbeknownst to Carter and the Benjamins, however, the apartment was part of a law enforcement operation orchestrated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, and the Benjamins distributed Carter’s heroin to persons working with law enforcement. Court records also indicate Carter had conspired to distribute heroin in Vermont since at least 2014 until his arrest.

Both Benjamin brothers have pleaded guilty. Last month Sebastian Benjamin was sentenced to a time-served sentence of approximately four months. Yorgan Benjamin, who has not yet been sentenced, has failed to appear in court and a warrant has issued for his arrest.

This was Carter’s fourth felony conviction. He had also been convicted of felonies in New York state courts.

This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police and the FBI.

Carter is represented by Ernest Allen, III, Esq. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Drescher.

Updated August 30, 2017

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