Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

You are here

Justice News

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rutland/Bennington Man Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Louis Tobin, 30, formerly of Rutland and Bennington, Vermont, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford on Tobin’s previously entered guilty plea to conspiring to distribute heroin to 48 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release. As part of his plea agreement with the government, Tobin agreed to the forfeiture of the $1,735 that was seized from him at the time of his arrest.

According to Court records, on April 14, 2016, Louis Tobin and Megan Harpp were stopped by the Vermont State Police on Route 103 in Rutland County. Tobin had a bag in the car which contained approximately 2,050 bags of heroin. He also possessed about 37 bags of heroin on his person along with $1,735 in cash. Both Tobin and Harpp were indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin by the federal grand jury sitting in Rutland.

Harpp was released on conditions pending trial but failed to appear at a subsequent proceeding. She is now a fugitive. If anyone has information regarding her whereabouts, please call the United States Marshals Service at (802) 951-6271.

This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella. Tobin is represented by Michael Shklar, Esq., of Newport, Vermont. Megan Harpp is represented by Steven Barth of the Federal Public Defenders Office.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 19, 2017