Drug crime nets five yearsSTAFF REPORT | November 12,2012BRATTLEBORO — A local man was sentenced on Thursday to serve five years in prison for carrying and using a firearm in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime, according to federal prosecutors in Vermont.
Andrew Eames, 25, of Brattleboro, was sentenced by Judge Christina Reiss. The judge also ordered Eames to serve three years on supervised release after he is released from prison.
According to court records, Eames traded an assault rifle to a confidential informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on March 22 in Brattleboro.
Investigators said Eames expected to receive cocaine and heroin, which he intended to distribute, in exchange for the assault rifle.
Eames had previously provided firearms to a known drug supplier, who regularly supplied Eames with cocaine and heroin, which Eames distributed to others including a drug dealer in Rutland.
After his arrest on March 22, Eames was indicted by a federal grand jury.
United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended federal agents with the DEA and ATF for their joint investigation.
Coffin noted that the prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America.
Eames was represented by Burlington attorneys David Watts and Robert Sussman and the case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the U.S. Attorney’s Rutland office.MORE IN This Just In
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Tibetans' ability to breathe and absorb oxygen at high altitude might have been inherited from their ancient ancestors, our new pals, the Denisovans, more dominant in their day than anybody can remember.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald Editor Rob Mitchell and staff writer Bryanna Allen discuss conflict at Open Door Mission, MSJ's new principal, teens carve marble in West Rutland.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Researchers find new species of hominid, the Denisovans, and follow genetic evidence that place them across a wide swath of the globe before extinction 40,000 years ago.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Proctor estate sale hits serious legal speed bump, Rutland Town wraps up solar project regulations, Patty Minichiello interviews visiting sculptor in West Rutland and Castleton Crackers honored with national award.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Tamerlane, in 1401 on this day, lays waste to Baghdad; 'Rock Around The Clock' hits No. 1 on Billboard chart in 1955, stays there for eight weeks.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Texas towns, shaken by earthquakes linked to fracking for gas and oil, are fed up and scared, want to ban the practice,