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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Vermont

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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2012

Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney

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Connecticut Man Sentenced to 260 Months for Drug and Gun Crimes

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on November 15, 2012, Frank Annette, 35, of New Haven, Connecticut, was sentenced to 260 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. In June 2012, a jury found Annette guilty of these crimes after a four-day trial in United States District Court. District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered Annette to serve five years supervised release after his incarceration ends. Annette has been detained since his arrest on March 1, 2011.

According to court records, Annette conspired with at least six others to distribute crack cocaine, heroin, and other drugs in the Windsor area from the spring of 2007 until January 2009. Annette served as a leader of the group, which distributed more than 10 kilograms of crack cocaine and 240 grams of heroin in Windsor. The conspirators also acquired and carried firearms in furtherance of their drug dealing.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the joint investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Annette was represented by St. Johnsbury attorney David Sleigh. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Craig Nolan and Christina Nolan.

U.S. Attorney Coffin noted also that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice‘s Project Safe Neighborhood, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America. Led by the U.S. Attorney‘s Office and ATF, Project Safe Neighborhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who violate federal gun laws. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Vermont, please visit: www.psn.gov.