RUTLAND—A Swanton woman was sentenced to four years in prison for selling crack cocaine after appearing in federal court Friday, Sept. 9.
Pamela Yandow, 50, of Swanton, had been serving an 84-month sentence for distributing heroin and crack cocaine when she was released in April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Six months after the release, Yandow was back at it. A confidential informant near her residence tracked her distributing crack cocaine multiple times in October of 2021, according to court reports.
The conviction—combined with Yandow's supervised release violation—will result in four years in prison. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford gave Yandow the sentence during a Friday hearing in Rutland.
Yandow’s criminal history extends back to 1996. Past major convictions include bank fraud in 2003 and narcotics distribution in 2013.
U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended Homeland Security Investigations and the St. Albans Police Department for the investigation. The Swanton Police Department, the Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol also assisted in the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan A. Ophardt acted as the prosecuting attorney in the case, and Yandow was represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Sara M. Puls.