Damion Richards and Delroy Williams Arraigned on Charges of Money Laundering and Oxycodone Trafficking
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Damion Richards, 34, and Delroy Williams, 38, both of Brooklyn, New York, were arraigned today on charges of money laundering and conspiring to distribute oxycodone. A federal grand jury sitting in Burlington handed down the three-count indictment.
At the arraignment before the Honorable John M. Conroy, both men pled not guilty to the charges. Judge Conroy also released both men on conditions restricting their travel to the states of Vermont and New York.
According to prosecutors, Richards and Williams are accused of working with Caryn Bartlett, of Winooski, to sell significant quantities of oxycodone in Chittenden County from about March 2013 through late October of 2013. Bartlett served as their Vermont distributor and funneled drug proceeds to Richards and Williams by depositing funds in their bank accounts. Bartlett has already pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
The indictment charging Richards and Williams with drug trafficking and money laundering is an accusation only; they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted on the drug trafficking charge, they face up to 20 years in prison. The money laundering counts carry also carry a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment. The actual sentence, in the event of conviction, will be determined by the Court with reference to the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan is handling the prosecution. Richards is represented by Jason Sawyer, Esq., of Burlington. Williams is represented by Robert Hemley, Esq., also of Burlington.