U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Vermont
(802) 951-6725
February 19, 2015

Brooklyn Man Charged with Conspiracy to Bring More Than 100 Grams of Crack Cocaine and 40 Grams of Heroin to Rutland for Distribution

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Alvin Kinard (a.k.a. “Baby”), 25, of Brooklyn, New York, has been charged in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine in the Rutland, Vermont area. Kinard pled not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy to the charges against him. Judge Conroy ordered that Kinard be detained pending trial in light of Kinard’s prior criminal record and record of failing to appear for prior hearings.

According to the government’s motion for pre-trial detention, on September 9, 2013, the New York State Police stopped a vehicle for a seat belt violation in which Kinard was a passenger. The New York State Police seized over 100 grams of crack cocaine and approximately 40 grams of heroin from the driver and another passenger in the vehicle. The government alleges that these drugs actually belonged to Kinard and he intended to take them to the Rutland, Vermont area to distribute them.

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty. If Kinard is convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum five years of imprisonment and a maximum possible term of imprisonment of 40 years.

The United States is represented in this matter by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella. Kinard is represented by Mary Kehoe, Esq. of Burlington. The investigation was conducted by the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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