Carl Martin, 37, of Colchester, was convicted on five of six counts on June 10, following a five-day federal jury trial.
In October 2020, Martin was charged in a multi-count federal grand jury indictment with participating in a conspiracy to sell cocaine from Fall 2018 to October 23, 2019, selling cocaine to an undercover ATF agent on four occasions in late 2019, and during one of those drug distributions, trading cocaine for a semiautomatic pistol.
According to court records and proceedings, the drug undercover investigation resulting in the charges here followed an earlier investigation into Martin’s involvement in a shooting that occurred in front of Nectar’s, a restaurant in Burlington, in February 2018.
The shooter in that incident, Rashad Nashid, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to two counts of illegal firearm possession.
On June 10, 2022, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on five of six counts.
The jury found Martin guilty on all counts except the count charging Martin with trading cocaine for a semiautomatic pistol.
Alleged poacher sentenced of firearms charge – Kyle Tetreault, 31, of Middlebury, was sentenced in federal court last week to serve 37 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release.
Tetreault also agreed to forfeit the firearms recovered from his residence.
Tetreault had previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms, which carried a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
According to court records, on May 14, 2021, the ATF assisted the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in executing a search warrant at Kyle Tetreault’s residence in Middlebury.
The search warrant related to an investigation into a number of state crimes committed by Tetreault, including, failure to report big game, illegal taking of big game, and petit larceny.
During the search, investigators found ten firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. The firearms and ammunition were found throughout the house, some in plain view and others under household goods, such as the master bedroom mattress.
Tetreault has multiple prior felony convictions and a 2015 federal felony conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. This conviction is Tetreault’s second conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Cited for road rage – A 36-year-old man from Bristol was cited for disorderly conduct following an incident in Monkton on Saturday, June 11.
Police say they were contacted by Christine Kogut, 51, of Charlotte, who said she was tailgated and verbally assaulted by an unknown man driving on Hollow Road at around 9:30 PM.
An off-duty Middlebury Police officer was in a similar incident with an unknown male bearing the same Vermont registration on the vehicle at approximately 10 PM.
Following an investigation, probable cause was found to charge Dakota Yankton, 36, of Bristol, with disorderly conduct. Troopers issued him a citation ordering him to appear in court on July 24.
.357 magnum, other handguns stolen – State police say handguns were stolen during a forced-entry home burglary on Pepin Road in Brownington between 8:30 AM and 12 PM June 10.
Three handguns were taken from the residence. The stolen handguns were reported to be a Smith and Wesson 357 MAG, a SCCY CPX-2 9MM, and a ATI 1911GI 45 ACP. The victims were Roger Patenaude, 60, and Zebulon Bickford, 31.
Anyone with information on the incident or the stolen property, is urged to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.