Florida Woman Smug­gled Firearms Through Haskell Li­brary

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Stanstead, Qc Derby Line, VT

TheOf­fice of the United States At­tor­ney for the Dis­trict of Ver­mont stated that last Fri­day a fed­eral grand jury, sit­ting in Burling­ton, charged An­nette Wexler, 46, of Gib­son­ton, Florida, with var­i­ous firearms of­fenses re­volv­ing around the al­leged smug­gling of firearms into Canada us­ing the Haskell Li­bray. The charges in­clude con­spir­acy to make false state­ments to firearms deal­ers when pur­chas­ing firearms, il­le­gally ex­port­ing firearms to Canada, and deal­ing firearms with­out a li­cense. The In­dict­ment also al­leges that Wexler know­ingly trans­ported an il­le­gal alien in Ver­mont. Wexler has pled not guilty to these charges and U.S.

Mag­is­trate Judge John M. Con­roy re­leased her on per­sonal re­cog­ni­zance.

Specif­i­cally, the In­dict­ment al­leges that from July 2010 to April 2011, Wexler and a con­spir­a­tor bought, with mostly cash, nu­mer­ous hand­guns from mul­ti­ple li­censed gun deal­ers in Florida. In pur­chas­ing these guns, the In­dict­ment al­leges that Wexler and her co­con­spir­a­tor falsely stated on the ATF forms they were the true own­ers of the firearms when they were ac­tu­ally pur­chas­ing these firearms on be­half of a Cana­dian co­con­spir­a­tor. In ad­di­tion, the In­dict­ment al­leges that on March 25, 2011, Wexler and a co­con­spir­a­tor trav­eled to Derby Line, Ver­mont with mul­ti­ple firearms and trans­ferred them to the Cana­dian co­con­spir­a­tor at the Haskell Free Li­brary.

The United States At­tor­ney em­pha­sizes that the charges con­tained in the in­dict­ment are merely ac­cu­sa­tions and that the de­fen­dant is pre­sumed in­no­cent un­less and un­til she is proven guilty. If she is con­victed, Wexler faces a max­i­mum pos­si­ble term of im­pris­on­ment of ten years. How­ever, the ac­tual sen­tence in the event of a con­vic­tion, will be de­ter­mined pur­suant to the ad­vi­sory fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines and the fed­eral statu­tory sen­tenc­ing fac­tors.

The United States is rep­re­sented by As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Joseph Perella. Wexler is rep­re­sented by Nancy Waples, Esq. of Burling­ton, Ver­mont. This case was jointly in­ves­ti­gated by the Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Ex­plo­sives and Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions of the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity. In ad­di­tion, the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice and the Sûreté du Quebec pro­vided as­sis­tance in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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