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Rutland Man Sentenced to over Seven Years Imprisonment for Federal Conviction for Heroin and Crack Cocaine Distribution

SEP 04 (RUTLAND, Vt.) - Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England, and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated Chief Judge Christina Reiss, of the United States District Court, sentenced Terrence Chenault (a.k.a.“Stucky”), 31, of Rutland, Vermont to 87 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in the Rutland area. In addition, Judge Reiss sentenced Chenault to four years supervised release, to be served after he completes his jail sentence. She also recommended to the Bureau of Prisons that Chenault participate in the 500-hour substance abuse program for federal inmates.

Chenault previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine base in the Rutland area in 2013. The Pre-Sentence Report found that Chenault was involved in distributing at least 400 grams of heroin and 56 grams of crack cocaine. According to court records, Chenault’s co-conspirators include Eric Dixon (a.k.a. “Big E”) and Andrew Harris (a.k.a. “Dreads”), both of whom have pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute narcotics and are awaiting sentencing. All three defendants lived on Park Avenue in Rutland City.

In sentencing Chenault, Judge Reiss relied, in part, on his lengthy criminal record and also found that he “preyed” on drug addicts to do his work for him and that he had missed many “wake up calls” to turn his life around. The Government stated in its sentencing memorandum that “heroin and other drugs are wreaking havoc in Rutland and many other Vermont communities” and “a strong message from the Court needs to be continually sent to narcotic dealers that spreading their poison in the community will result in a lengthy jail sentence.”

The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella while the defendant is represented by Richard Goldsborough, Esq. This case was jointly investigated by the Vermont Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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