August 09, 2016
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: (617) 557-2100
Vermont Man Charged With Distributing Heroin
AUG 09 - BURLINGTON, Vt. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced federal criminal charges against Michael Prescott, 52, of Chittenden County, Vermont. Prescott is charged with distributing heroin on March 2 and March 7, 2016.
Prescott was arrested by law enforcement on July 18, 2016, appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington the same day, and entered a not guilty plea to the charges. At a detention hearing on July 19, 2016, Judge Reiss ordered Prescott detained pending his criminal trial. Judge Reiss denied the defendant’s motion to reconsider the detention order on August 9, 2016. If he is convicted, Prescott’s sentence will be advised by the federal sentencing guidelines. United States Attorney Miller noted that this case is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Vermont Heroin Initiative, which is a coordinated effort by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat heroin distribution in Vermont.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.