Cocaine Base Distribution Charges Filed Against Two Defendants Operating in Burlington, Vermont

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Tyrish Stevenson, also known as “Skip,” 47, and Christopher Rivers, also known as “Q,” 27, both of Brooklyn, NY appeared today in United States District Court in Burlington for an arraignment on a two-count indictment charging them with the distribution of cocaine base.  

According to court documents, the Burlington Police Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted an investigation into multiple individuals engaged in the distribution of narcotics in Burlington, Vermont.  The Burlington Police Department conducted purchases of cocaine base from Stevenson and Rivers in September 2021.   

On September 23, 2021, the Burlington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested Stevenson and Rivers and executed a Vermont state search warrant at an apartment that Stevenson and Rivers had been using in Burlington, Vermont.  In the apartment, law enforcement seized over 40 grams of cocaine base and over 18 grams of fentanyl as well as a Mossberg .410 shotgun and a Savage Arms .22 long rifle.  

Stevenson and Rivers initially appeared before a federal Judge at U.S. District Court in Burlington on September 24 and September 27, 2021 respectively, for their initial appearances on criminal complaints and were subsequently ordered detained pending trial.  

The charges against Stevenson and Rivers are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty. 

Stevenson is represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Steven L. Barth. Rivers is represented by Kevin M. Henry, Esq.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Gilman represents the United States.

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