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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Vermont

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2013

Tristram Coffin, United States Attorney

Contact: Public Information Officer
(802) 951-6725

Rutland Drug Dealer Sentenced to 57 Months Jail

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that today John Crawford, 34, of Rutland, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment on his
guilty pleas to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine. United States District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered Crawford to serve two years supervised release after his incarceration ends.

According to court records, Crawford sold crack cocaine and heroin in Rutland from Spring 2012 to his federal arrest on September 20, 2012. On May 15 and July 5, 2012, the Vermont Drug Task Force (VDTF) used a confidential informant to make controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Crawford in Rutland. On April 30, 2012, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bought heroin from Crawford through an informant. During 2012, Crawford regularly carried loaded firearms, many of which were seized by either Rutland City Police Department ( RCPD ) or ATF. Crawford has been detained since his arrest.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the investigations by VDTF and ATF with assistance from RCPD. Assistant Federal Defender David McColgin represented Crawford. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan of the U.S. Attorney’s Rutland Branch Office.

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: