Man with Bennington ties sentenced to 48 months in prison for distributing heroin

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BENNINGTON — A man with Bennington ties was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court to serve 48 months in prison.

According to the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Louis Tobin, 30, who lived in Bennington and Rutland, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin. After serving his 48 months, he'll be under supervised release for three years. He was also ordered to forfeit the $1,735 in cash he was found with when arrested.

On April 14 of last year, Tobin was stopped in a car by Vermont State Police on Route 103 in Rutland County. In the car was 2,050 bags of heroin. Tobin also had 37 bags of heroin on his person.

Traveling with Tobin was Megan Harpp, who was indicted along with Tobin by a Grand Jury in Rutland. She was released pending trial on conditions, but has since failed to appear for scheduled court hearings and is considered a fugitive. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Federal Marshals at 802-951-6271.

Presiding over the case was U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford. It was investigated by the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella prosecuted the case. Tobin is represented by Michael Shklar, Esq., of Newport while Harpp is represented by Steven Barth of the Federal Public Defenders Office.


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