U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Vermont
United States Courthouse and Federal Building
Post Office Box 570
Burlington, Vermont 05402
Fax: (802) 951-6540
For Immediate Release
December 1, 2009
Fugitive Sentenced to Nine Years Imprisonment for Firearms Violations
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jeffrey Craig, 33, formerly of Burlington, was recently sentenced to nine years imprisonment by Chief Judge William K. Sessions III, in Burlington. Judge Sessions also sentenced Craig to three years supervised release to begin after he serves his prison term. Craig had previously pled guilty to three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, including possession of a firearm by a fugitive from justice.
According to Court records, the United States originally charged Craig with four counts of possession of firearms by an unlawful user of controlled substances. These initial charges stemmed in part from Craig’s arrest on September 1, 2002 at a Strange Folk concert at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vermont. The Rutland County Sheriff’s Department, which was handling security at the concert, arrested Craig on the concert grounds, after finding three pounds of marijuana and a loaded Glock .45 caliber pistol in his vehicle.
Later in September 2002, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) questioned Craig at his Pearl Street, Burlington apartment and Craig directed the agents to an AK-47 assault rifle with a fifty round drum and a loaded twelve gauge shotgun in his bedroom. At that time, Craig admitted to ATF agents that he had the guns because he had been robbed before selling marijuana. Craig also admitted to being a regular marijuana user. Meanwhile, in state court, Craig pled to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in connection with the Strange Folk concert arrest.
In November 2004, the United States brought its initial charges against Craig for unlawful possession of firearms by a controlled substance user. On December 1, 2004 Craig was arrested on those federal charges and then released from detention on personal recognizance. Shortly thereafter, Craig failed to report to U.S. Probation as directed and the United States District Court issued an arrest warrant.
According to court records, in January 2006, the Ontario Provincial Police arrested Craig after he allegedly assaulted a passenger on a train in Ontario, Canada. At the time the Ontario Police seized $48,000 in U.S. Currency from Craig. Craig admitted to authorities that he sold and transported marijuana from Canada to customers in the United States and would bring cash back into Canada.
On January 25, 2008, a Burlington Police officer questioned Craig inside City Market in Burlington because Craig appeared to match the description of someone that had earlier been seen carrying two rifles near College Street. Craig gave the officer a false name and, upon further questioning by the officer, Craig relinquished a 9mm Glock handgun with a fully charged magazine. Later, Craig was identified as a fugitive and ATF took him into federal custody. In addition to the handgun, when law enforcement authorities arrested Craig, he was also in possession of three cell phones, a knife, and a handwritten document later identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a marijuana drug sales ledger.
This case was investigated by the ATF with assistance from the DEA, the Burlington Police Department, and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella. The defendant is represented by Paul Volk, Esq., of Burlington, and David Williams, Esq. of St. Johnsbury.