Former Rutland man sentenced on drug chargesBy Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | November 08,2012A former Rutland man convicted of serving as a courier in a Boston to Rutland County drug ring was sentenced to time served in jail and a $7,500 fine on the federal charge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Ian Turner, 24, who now lives in Texas, wasn’t the head of an illegal oxycodone ring that operated between Massachusetts and Vermont from 2010 to 2011. But prosecutors sought to put Turner in jail for more than six years following his plea of guilty earlier this year to a charge of conspiring to distribute the powerful prescription painkiller on the basis that he was closest to the head of the operation in Rutland County, 35-year-old Jason Boyd, of Chittenden.
“Turner was the closest member of the conspiracy to Boyd. He had many roles and certainly knew about the activities of all the couriers, distributors and drug sources,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Creswell wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed in U.S. District Court. “He, of all people, should be responsible for the same quantity of drugs as Boyd.”
Boyd was sentenced in July to five years in jail after he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of distributing almost 4,000 oxycodone pills in the Rutland area.
Prosecutors said that Boyd distributed Percocet pills in Vermont as part of a large scale Boston/Rhode Island/Florida drug operation.
Prosecutors said Turner held a prominent position in the Vermont end of that distribution network where he “acted as a courier, delivered money to Boston, picked up pills ... and was Boyd’s right hand man.”
But in a memorandum filed in court by his defense attorney, Turner was described as a man who battled an addiction to oxycodone while he committed the crime he pleaded guilty to.
Turner’s attorney Matthew Harnett said his client underwent outpatient drug treatment in 2011 and moved to Texas to be with his parents and “remove himself from the environment in which he tended to get into trouble.”
“He lives with his girlfriend and has essentially renounced his former lifestyle,” Harnett added.
In addition to a sentence of time served and a fine, U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions last week also sentenced Turner to three years of supervised release.
Turner is the fourth member of the prescription painkiller drug ring to be sentenced this year. In August, Brett Carter was sentenced to 21 months in jail for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and last month Christina White was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for conspiring to distribute the drug.
Another member of the operation, Christopher Black, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute oxycodone and is awaiting sentencing.
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