Three Arrested On Charges Of Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Kron Lewis a.k.a. Keon Lewis, 27, of Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Lupien, 33, of Barre, VT and Matthew Bennett, 20, of Barre, VT, made initial appearances today in the United States District Court in Burlington, following their arrests for conspiracy to distribute heroin. U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy detained Lewis pending trial and there is a detention hearing for Lupien scheduled for February 23, 2015. Bennett was released on conditions.
According to court documents, on February 18, 2015, a Vermont State Police trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop on I-89 in Sharon, VT of a vehicle occupied by Bennett, Lupien, Lewis and a female. Lupien gave the trooper permission to search the vehicle and inside a bag in the trunk of the car, troopers found approximately 3050 individual bags of heroin and 16.9 grams of bulk heroin. Bennett and Lupien told law enforcement that they had just picked up Lewis and the female at the bus stop in White River Junction and that the bag containing the heroin belonged to Lewis. Both also said that they knew Lewis was bringing heroin to Vermont on the bus and that they had given Lewis a ride from the bus station on several other occasions. Bennett and Lupien said that they were paid in heroin and/or cash for helping Lewis.
The Acting United States Attorney, Eugenia A.P. Cowles, emphasized that the charge against Lewis, Lupien and Bennett is merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty.
If convicted, the defendants face up to twenty years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000,000. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.
Lewis is represented by David Watts, Esq. Lupien is represented by Michael Desautels, Esq. Bennett is represented by Elizabeth Mann, Esq. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy G. Fuller.