BRATTLEBORO >> A local woman and her son were sentenced to 42 and 60 months, respectively, in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of distributing heroin.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont, when Jacobina Carter, 41, of Brattleboro, is released, she will spend three years on supervised release.

Her son, Lamar Carter, 25, also of Brattleboro, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for the trafficking of crack cocaine and heroin. Carter, also known as "Bando" and "Boogie," was arrested in September 2015 in Brattleboro. For about a year and half prior to his arrest, Carter worked with coconspirators from Brattleboro, northeast Vermont, and New Jersey selling heroin and crack cocaine in the areas of Lyndon and St. Johnsbury.

Jacobina Carter, who is also known as "Peaches," was arrested in September 2015 in Brattleboro after selling heroin on several occasions to individuals cooperating with law enforcement. She pleaded guilty on Dec. 21, 2015. Carter was initially released on conditions, including orders that she refrain from using drugs or committing new criminal offenses. In June 2016, however, United States District Judge William K. Sessions III, revoked her conditions of release and ordered her to prison for a positive drug test and her involvement in assisting an individual selling heroin and crack cocaine in Keene, N.H.

According to the press release, Carter began selling narcotics in Vermont in 2006. She started trafficking heroin in 2011 and continued to do so until her arrest in September 2015.


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For her crime, Jacobina Carter faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In sentencing Carter, Judge Sessions noted her violations of Court conditions — including her participation in new drug trafficking activity while on release — as well as the long-term nature of her drug dealing. On the other hand, he observed that Carter was a street-level dealer who did not operate as part of a larger network or exercise control over others.

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, officers from the Brattleboro Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Christina Nolan prosecuted the case. Carter is represented by Mark Oettinger, Esq., of Burlington, Vermont.

In 2013, Carter was involved in a kidnapping over a drug debt gone bad in Brattleboro. Charges against her were eventually dismissed, but two other suspects in the case received jail time.

Lamar Carter was ultimately charged as part of an eight-defendant indictment. According to court documents, "Carter possessed guns and used violence in furtherance of the conspiracy."

Lamar Carter's codefendant, Miguel Zayas, 29, of New Jersey, also pleaded guilty to the heroin and crack cocaine conspiracy, receiving a sentence of eight years in prison. Zayas was the leader of the conspiracy.

Lamar Carter faced a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In sentencing him, Judge Crawford noted the seriousness of the offense, describing heroin as Vermont's greatest public health crisis. On the other hand, he observed that Carter had an extremely traumatic childhood.

The investigation was a collaborative effort of the Vermont State Police Drug Tas Force, the Brattleboro Police Department, the St. Johnsbury Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Assistant United States Attorney Christina Nolan prosecuted the case. Carter is represented by Paul Volk, Esq., of Burlington, Vermont.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.