Colchester Man Sentenced in Drug Case

By DJ Harding –

Carl Martin, 37, of Colchester, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Burlington to 48 months of imprisonment following his June 2022 conviction at trial on drug charges the United States Attorney’s Office stated.

United States District Judge William K. Sessions III also ordered Martin to serve four years of supervised release following completion of his prison term.

According to public records, in February 2018, Carl Martin was involved in a shooting in front of the Nectar’s Bar on Main Street in Burlington. 

Just before the shooting, Carl Martin punched Rashad Nashid in the face and pointed a firearm at him. In return, Nashid fired his own gun in the direction of Martin. 

The gunshot hit an innocent bystander who was seriously wounded. In connection with the shooting, Nashid received a 150-month sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. 

Carl Martin was never charged for his involvement in the shooting.

Between July and October 2019, Martin sold cocaine to an undercover law enforcement officer on several occasions. 

In June 2022, a federal jury sitting in Burlington found Martin guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and guilty on four counts of distribution of cocaine. The jury acquitted Martin of a sixth charge related to trading a firearm for cocaine. 

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest stated, “Federal prosecutors in Vermont are working hard every day to enforce federal firearm laws. Prosecution of firearm-related offenses is at the top of our priority list. We appreciate the dedication of our many law enforcement partners in these cases including the investigation and prosecution of Carl Martin.” 

Martin was represented by Chandler Matson, Esq. The prosecutors were Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wendy L Fuller and Andrew Gilman.

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