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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 17, 2018

Two Washington County Women Charged With Crack Distribution

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Suzette Kenney, 41, of Barre, and Kim Kuncz, 49, of Montpelier, were charged on August 30, 2018 in separate indictments of multiple counts of cocaine base distribution (a.k.a. “crack cocaine”). Both women recently appeared before Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy and pled not guilty to these offenses. Magistrate Judge Conroy remanded both to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, though he ordered that Kuncz could be released to a residential drug treatment facility once a bed became available. Kenney has not submitted a proposal for release at this time.

The Kenney Indictment alleges that she sold cocaine base on three different occasions in June, July, and September of 2017. The Kuncz indictment alleges that she sold cocaine base on three occasions in March and April of 2018. The indictment is an accusation only and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, the actual sentences will be advised by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The maximum sentence for each of these charges is twenty years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release, to begin after any term of imprisonment is served.

This case is being investigated by the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Perella. Kenney is represented by Kevin Henry, Esq. of Burlington and Kuncz is represented by Tom Sherrer, Esq., of Burlington.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated September 18, 2018