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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Vermont

For Immediate Release

January 24, 2013

Tristram Coffin, United States Attorney

Contact: Public Information Officer
(802) 951-6725

Kareem Campbell Sentenced to 84 Months on Gun and Drug Offenses

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Kareem Campbell was sentenced today for violations of the federal narcotics and firearms laws. Judge William K. Sessions III imposed a sentence of 84 months, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

According to court records, a confidential informant purchased crack cocaine and powder cocaine from Campbell on five occasions during January 2012. During one of these drug transactions, Campbell inquired whether the confidential informant could obtain a handgun for him. As part of a law enforcement–controlled transaction on March 9, 2012, the confidential informant provided Campbell with a .40 caliber Glock pistol, which was an unloaded prop firearm provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Campbell in turn paid the confidential informant approximately 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and fifty dollars. Campbell was immediately arrested and law enforcement recovered from Campbell’s person and his vehicle the Glock pistol, approximately $1,317 in cash, and packaged marijuana with a gross weight of 12.3 grams.

Subsequent to his arrest, Campbell stated that he had been acquiring distribution quantities of cocaine from a source in the Winooski, Vermont area since his release from prison in June 2011. In connection with a 2004 federal conviction in Vermont, Campbell was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Burlington and Winooski Police Departments, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin J. Doyle prosecuted the case. Mr. Campbell was represented by Steven L. Barth, Esq. of the Federal Defender’s Office.