Rutland Man Sentenced for heroin and cocaine base trafficking

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RUTLAND — This week Terrance Chipp, 42, of Rutland, was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

Chipp previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base, and conspiracy to unlawfully possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

These offenses each carried a maximum of up to twenty years imprisonment.

According to court records, on May 6, 2019, law enforcement executed a state search warrant at Chipp’s residence on Plain Street in Rutland.

Inside a safe located in Chipp’s bedroom, law enforcement found about eight grams of heroin, two grams of cocaine base, a SCCY 9 mm pistol, and a loaded magazine.

Inside Chipp’s dresser drawer, law enforcement found a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol.

Chipp intended to sell the seized controlled substances.

In his plea agreement, Chipp admitted that he also traded drugs to another person for about 500 rounds of ammunition and that he possessed firearms, in part, to protect his drug trafficking operations.

The government argued in its sentencing memorandum that a long sentence was warranted because Chipp had begun trafficking drugs within a year after having served a three-year state sentence for heroin trafficking.