Rutland Woman Faces Federal Charges for Crack Cocaine Distribution
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Qiana Govan (a.k.a. “Missy”), 25, of Rutland, Vermont, and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, has been charged by Indictment with three counts of distributing crack cocaine in Rutland, Vermont in May 2014. Govan pled not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Conroy and was released on conditions pending trial as she has no prior criminal record.
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 Govan is convicted, she faces a maximum possible term of imprisonment of twenty years.
The United States is represented in this matter by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella. Govan is represented by Karen Shingler, Esq. The investigation was conducted by the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.