US: 5 Rutland residents indicted in Vt. drug case

September 13, 2013, 5:15 pm

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont office of the United States attorney says five Rutland residents have been charged with distributing heroin and cocaine.

Prosecutors announced the indictments Friday, a day after the defendants were arrested during raids in the Rutland area.

They all pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy ordered that 30-year-old Terrence Chenault be held pending trial. The other defendants, 51-year-old Ernest Murray, 44-year-old Eric Dixon, 24-year-old Eric Harris and 25-year-old Morgaine Chuderski were ordered held pending detention hearings.

If convicted, all the defendants face a minimum of 20 years in prison. Murray could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

Attorneys for the five could not be immediately located.

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