Leader Of Vermont Organized Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced To 9 Years

On September 3, 2020 at the US District Court in Rutland, VT. Chief U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford sentenced Chyquan Cupe, aka “Cash,” to 9 years of imprisonment and a 4-year term of supervised release to follow his imprisonment. Cupe was charged with possessing firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities and being the leader of a drug trafficking conspiracy which distributed cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl.

As part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program, a joint federal, state, and local approach to combat drug trafficking and to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations, it was determined that Chyquan Cupe, aka “Cash,” was the leader and organizer of a drug trafficking organization which distributed narcotics from an apartment located at 33 Oak Street in Brattleboro, VT.

Also during the investigation, searches of the contents of cellular phones and Facebook accounts revealed that Cupe’s drug organization trafficked hundreds of grams of heroin and hundreds of grams of cocaine base into Brattleboro for distribution.

In December 2018, officers with the Brattleboro Police Department executed a search warrant at 33 Oak Street in Brattleboro, VT. and during the execution of that search warrant, officers recovered a sawed-off shotgun, a .38 caliber handgun with an obliterated serial number, a nautical flare gun, and a safe with approximately 200 grams of cocaine base, 68 oxycodone/morphine pills of various dosages, numerous rounds of ammunition, and a bill of sale for a vehicle purchased by Cupe.

After the search of this address, Cupe was a fugitive and organized drug activity continued at 33 Oak Street in Brattleboro, VT.

Between January and February of 2019, the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force made multiple controlled purchases of heroin and fentanyl at 33 Oak Street in Brattleboro, VT. and in February 2019, the FBI and the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force executed a federal search warrant at 33 Oak Street and recovered approximately 10 grams of cocaine, 5 grams of cocaine base, a 9mm pistol, and $2,500 of U.S. currency.

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