Drug crime nets five years
STAFF REPORT | November 12,2012
BRATTLEBORO — 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.