Like a scene from the TV program “Breaking Bad,” Frank Santaw, 30, of Island Pond, Vermont, began manufacturing methamphetamine in July 2011. At first, he assisted Carl Coker, 37, of Island Pond; now his co-defendant, in the manufacturing process. Santaw learned the manufacturing process from Coker and began manufacturing the drug on his own beginning in late September 2011. Santaw personally used the methamphetamine he produced and also provided it to approximately ten people who had obtained pseudo ephedrine for him. Santaw engaged in the manufacturing process numerous times, resulting in the production of 35 to 50 grams of methamphetamine. The Vermont Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Santaw on December 15, 2011.
John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin announced on Monday that United States District Judge William K. Sessions, III, sentenced Frank Santaw to 78 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance and ordered him to serve four years supervised release after his incarceration ends. Carl Coker was arrested on November 18, 2011 and on September 24, 2011, he entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces between five and 40 years imprisonment at his sentencing on January 28, 2013.
In early 2013 the following nine co-defendants will be sentenced, as they have already pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine-related charge:
- Mandy Darlene Johnson, 31, and Kevin Dodge, 44, both of Island Pond, to a charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine (punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment);
- Alicia Ovitt, 27, of Morgan, Honey Lee Lacourse, 33, of Troy, Roger Chaffee, 37,of North Troy, Richard Lavoie, 58, of Island Pond, Jaime Cross, 30, of Island Pond, and James Castrogiovanni, of Brighton, to a charge of conspiracy to possess or distribute pseudo ephedrine, a List I chemical, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine (punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment); and
- Charles Thomas Amerine III, 34, of Island Pond, to a charge of possession of any equipment, chemical, product, or material which may be used to manufacture a controlled substance, knowing, intending, or having reasonable cause to believe that it will be used to manufacture methamphetamine (punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment).