May 09, 2017
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Charged With Trafficking Kilo Quantities Of Heroin In Vermont
MAY 09 - BURLINGTON, Vt. - Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA’s New England Division, and the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that a federal grand jury returned a Second Superseding Indictment charging Javier Pallamps-Fernandez, aka “Javi,” of Queens, New York with drug distribution charges. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Pallamps-Fernandez conspired with Christopher Nazer of Milton to distribute over a kilogram of heroin in Vermont from approximately 2012 to May 2016.
In court documents, the United States alleges that during the conspiracy Pallamps-Fernandez, Nazer, and others trafficked heroin from New York City to the Burlington area, through the use of vehicles with hidden compartments. On May 9, 2016, law enforcement seized an Audi station wagon registered to Nazer that contained over 1 kilogram of heroin in a hidden compartment. The United States alleges that Pallamps-Fernandez was the source of that heroin.
On May 9, 2017, Javier Pallamps-Fernandez appeared before United States Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy for his arraignment, and was ordered detained pending trial. If Pallamps-Fernandez is convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years, and a maximum possible term of imprisonment of life.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Burlington Police Department, with assistance from the Milton Police Department.