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Date: 02-14-2020

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United States of America v. John Guerrero, a/k/a Sunshire

Case Number: 2:19-cr-00024-cr

Judge: Chirstina Reiss

Court: United States District Court for the District (Chittenden County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Matthew Lasher

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Description: Burlington, VT - The United States of America charged John Guerrero, a/k/a Sunshire with conspiracy to distribute drugs and possession of a machine gun during a violent crime.

John Guerrero (also known as “Sunshine” to his former drug customers in Franklin County) was sentenced today in federal court on one count of conspiring to distribute two hundred and eighty grams or more of cocaine base and one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime. Guerrero—who is 27 and a resident of Boston, Massachusetts—was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss to a period of incarceration of 155 months, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, for his role in the conspiracies.

The defendant pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement he entered into with the United States. According to court records, Guerrero was responsible for the distribution of at least 2.8 kilograms of “crack” cocaine in the Franklin County area and for the trafficking of at least 30 illegally purchased firearms from Vermont to the Boston area. Guerrero and his coconspirators used drug customers to purchase firearms for them in exchange for controlled substances. Their offenses continued from at least September 2017 through March 2018.

As part of his plea agreement, the defendant had agreed to a sentencing range of 144 to 180 months (12-15 years). In exchange, the United States agreed to dismiss two additional criminal charges, including interstate transportation of firearms from which the serial numbers had been removed, altered, or obliterated. The defendant could have been sentenced up to life imprisonment for the remaining counts of conviction in the absence of the plea agreement.

United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan noted: “These cases are among the most serious cases we investigate and prosecute. The damage currently caused by dangerous drugs in our communities, including those in Franklin County, cannot be overstated. To make the situation worse, these particular individuals trafficked firearms across state lines into a separate community, deliberately introducing them into neighborhoods already saturated with violent crime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to the prosecution of crimes at the intersection of dangerous drugs and illegal firearms.”

The investigation of this case was a joint effort between agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and local law enforcement—particularly the St. Albans Police Department. Their efforts were part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


21:846, 841(a)(1), and 841(b)(1)(A).F CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE NARCOTICS- conspiracy to distribute cocaine base

18:924(o).F CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT A VIOLENT CRIME / DRUGS / MACHINE GUN- conspiracy to possess firearms in futherance of a drug trafficking crime

Outcome: 155 months on Count One and 155 months on Count Two, concurrent, for a total term of 155 months, with credit for time served

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