Lo­cal dope ring ar­rested

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Burling­ton, VT Court­house

The Of­fice of the United States At­tor­ney for the District of Ver­mont an­nounced that Philip Yates, 73, his brother Jean Yates,57, both of Stanstead, Que­bec, and Joey David­son, 42, of Ay­ers Cliff, Que­bec, have all re­cently been ar­rested on charges that they con­spired to smug­gle more than 100 kilo­grams of mar­i­juana into the United States. Jean Yates was ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 18 as he at­tempted to en­ter the United States from Canada. On Oc­to­ber 19, he pleaded not guilty to the in­dict­ment in United States District Court in Burling­ton and was held with­out bail pend­ing an­other hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 24. Philip Yates and David­son were ar­rested in Canada on Oc­to­ber 19 and 20 on ex­tra­di­tion war­rants and will have ap­pear­ances in courts in Que­bec in con­nec­tion with the United States’ re­quest that they be ex­tra­dited to Ver­mont to stand trial.

On March 12,2009, a fed­eral grand jury in Burling­ton re­turned a twocount in­dict­ment nam­ing the Yates broth­ers and David­son. All three de­fen­dants are ac­cused of con­spir­ing, be­tween the be­gin­ning of 2008 through Septem­ber 25, 2008, to smug­gle more than 100 kilo­grams of mar­i­juana into the United States. Philip Yates alone is also ac­cused of smug­gling about 30 pounds of mar­i­juana into Ver­mont on Septem­ber 25, 2008. Those drugs were seized by agents with Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment.

The United States At­tor­ney em­pha­sizes that the charges in the in­dict­ment are merely ac­cu­sa­tions and that the de­fen­dants are pre­sumed in­no­cent un­less and un­til they are proven guilty.

If con­victed, the de­fen­dants face up to 40 years of im­pris­on­ment, a manda­tory min­i­mum prison term of five years, and a fine of up to $4,000,000. The ac­tual sen­tence would be de­ter­mined with ref­er­ence to fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines.

This case was in­ves­ti­gated by the South­ern Ver­mont State Drug Task Force and the Bureau of Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment.

Jean Yates is rep­re­sented by As­sis­tant Fed­eral Pub­lic De­fender Steven Barth. The pros­e­cu­tor is As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Gre­gory Waples.

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