Colchester Man Indicted for Federal Drug Offense
COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on September 8, 2022, the Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Dominique Troupe (also known as “Wop” and “Juice”), 35, of Colchester with one count of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine base.
According to court filings, Troupe was arrested Wednesday evening as he got off the ferry in Grand Isle, after travelling to New York to obtain crack cocaine for distribution in Vermont. He was arrested with more than 200 grams (including packaging) of cocaine base in the trunk of his vehicle.
At the time of his arrest, Troupe was subject to conditions imposed last month by Chittenden Superior Court Criminal Division in connection with a pending prosecution in that court for Aggravated Assault and Burglary. The state-court-imposed conditions required Troupe to stay at his Colchester residence, subject to certain exceptions.
The United States has moved for Troupe to be detained during the pendency of his prosecution. He will be arraigned on the indictment and the Court is expected to take up the question of pre-trial detention at a hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today before United States Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle.
The indictment is an accusation only and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. If convicted, Troupe faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison. Any sentence imposed, would be informed by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.
Troupe is represented by Mark Kaplan, Esq. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Michael Drescher.