Man gets 12-15 years for bringing guns, drugs into Franklin County

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ST. ALBANS — 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 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.

“These cases are among the most serious cases we investigate and prosecute,” United States Attorney Christina E. Nolan said. “The damage currently caused by dangerous drugs in our communities, including those in Franklin County, cannot be overstated.”