Two People Arrested Based on Facilitating Drug Distribution in Burlington, Vermont
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont today announced federal criminal charges against Peggy Marcelino, 55, and William St. George, 57, both from Burlington. Marcelino is charged with conspiring with Arden Cadle, from New York City, to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack and to engage in money laundering. St. George is charged with making his apartment on Elmwood Avenue in Burlington available for drug trafficking by Cadle. Cadle was arrested on March 17, 2016. Cadle has been charged with conspiracy, distribution of heroin and crack, possession with intent to distribute heroin and crack, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Cadle pleaded not guilty to those charges on July 1, 2016. Marcelino and St. George pleaded not guilty today. All three defendants face a maximum sentence of twenty years in jail on the most serious charges. Cadle has been released pending trial. Marcelino and St. George have been detained pending a further hearing next week. The sentences for each of the defendants will be advised by the federal sentencing guidelines. The pending charges against these defendants are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The United States is represented in these cases by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Doherty. Cadle is represented by Assistant Federal Defender Steven Barth.