News Release
Date: May 02, 2012
Contact: Tony Pettigrew
Public Information Officer
Number: 617-557-2138

Large Scale Vermont Crack Cocaine and Heroin Trafficker Sentenced
--Firearms Traded for Drugs - Dealt in Multi-Kilo Quantities--

May 2 (Burlington, VT) - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Todd Jarvis, 40, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 18 years and nine months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and for failing to file a tax return. United States District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha also ordered Jarvis to serve five years of federal supervised release after his imprisonment ends.

According to court records, Jarvis and his girlfriend, Waketa Coleman, ran a large scale crack and heroin distribution ring in the central Vermont area from the spring of 2006 until the fall of 2009. The pair recruited Bronx residents to come to Vermont to sell the crack cocaine and heroin they provided. Once in Vermont, Jarvis and Coleman found local residents who would allow the Bronx distributors to sell the drugs out of their homes. In the course of the near four-year conspiracy, multiple kilograms of crack cocaine were distributed and numerous firearms were traded for drugs.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended Vermont Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for their work on the case. Jarvis was represented by Middlebury attorney Devin McLaughlin. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wendy L. Fuller.