Man sentenced to 135 months for drug distribution and firearms conspiracies in Franklin County

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ST. ALBANS — Authorities say that Darwin Medina, also known as “Weezy” to his former drug customers in Franklin County, was sentenced in federal court on one count of conspiring to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base and one count of conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.

Medina, who is 35 and a resident of Boston, Massachusetts, was sentenced to a period of incarceration of 135 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, Medina 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.

His offenses continued from at least September 2017 through March 2018.

Police say Medina and his co-defendant, John Guerrero, used multiple drug customers in Swanton to purchase firearms for them in exchange for controlled substances.

As part of his plea agreement, Medina had agreed to a sentencing range of 120 to 180 months.

In the absence of the plea agreement, the defendant could have been sentenced up to life imprisonment.