News Release
For Immediate Release
November 22, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Burlington Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison

NOV 22 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that, Franklin Grant, 33, of Burlington, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison after he pled guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine. Chief United States District Judge William K. Sessions, sitting in Burlington, also sentenced Grant to four years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

According to court documents, from 2008 until his arrest in July of 2009, Grant was involved in a cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy. Grant also has a previous federal conviction for conspiring to distribute heroin in the District of Vermont. He was convicted of that crime in 2002 and ultimately served approximately 17 months in prison.

For his recent conviction, Grant faced a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, the recommended term of imprisonment was 60-71 months. In sentencing Grant to a 5-year term, Judge Sessions considered, among other things, Grant’s struggles with drug addiction and his criminal record. United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the Drug Enforcement Administration for their hard work on this investigation.