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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

United States Courthouse and Federal Building
Post Office Box 570
Burlington, Vermont 05402
(802) 951-6725
Fax: (802) 951-6540

For Immediate Release

July 2, 2010

Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney

Armed Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to Prison Term

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on July 1, 2010, Russell Cybulski, 40, of Florida, was sentenced to 63 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine and one count of possessing firearms as an illegal drug user. Senior United States District Judge J. Garvan Murtha, sitting in Brattleboro, Vermont, also sentenced Cybulski to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

According to court documents, on April 23, 2007, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Port Of Entry on the U.S.–Canada border in Highgate Springs, Vermont encountered Cybulski and a companion when the pair sought to re-enter the United States after a one-day trip to Canada in their recreational vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed three handguns, over 3000 rounds of ammunition, two bullet-proof vests, and unprescribed prescription medication. As a result of the unprescribed medication, Cybulski received a misdemeanor conviction in Vermont District Court for the possession of narcotics and served 24 days in jail.

Further investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed that from approximately September of 2006 to April of 2007, Cybulski dealt cocaine in the Franklin County area of Vermont. Cybulski would mail packages of cocaine from Florida to associates in Vermont who would sell the drugs and either mail Cybulski the proceeds via money order or deposit the funds directly into a Vermont bank account that Cybulski had established for that purpose. During the conspiracy, Cybulski used cocaine and was armed with handguns.

Following his arrest at the border in April of 2007, Cybulski returned to Florida where he was twice arrested and convicted on weapons and drug charges. He served a term of imprisonment in Florida before being brought to the District of Vermont to answer for his criminal conduct here.

For his crimes in the District of Vermont, Cybulski faced a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, the recommended term of imprisonment was 84-105 months. In sentencing Cybulski to a term of imprisonment below the recommended range, Judge Murtha considered, among other things, Cybulski’s struggles with drug addiction and strong family support.United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Customs and Border Protection for their efforts during this investigation. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. The defendant is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Alison Arms.

United States Attorney Coffin noted 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 the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 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: