Man busted with crack cocaine inside loaf of bread in Derby Line to serve 18 months

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DERBY LINE — The man who tried to smuggle 50 grams of crack cocaine inside a hollowed-out loaf of bread at the Derby Line port of entry, was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 18 months in prison.

According to court records, in the early morning of January 5, 2015, a Customs and Border Protection Officer stationed in Derby Line noticed a vehicle making an illegal U-turn in between the ports of entry for the United States and Canada.

The car was headed north towards Canada but turned back before attempting entry. CBP officers stopped and inspected the vehicle, later conducting interviews with the driver, Tyrone Dixon, 35, of Florida, and passenger Emily Lasell, of Vermont.

From the vehicle, CBP recovered a hollowed-out loaf of bread concealing approximately 50 grams of crack cocaine, some of which was already packaged for distribution, re-wrapped inside a plastic bread bag, and concealed inside a bag of groceries.

CBP also recovered five syringes that appeared to have been used and approximately twenty-five used or torn white packages consistent with the packaging commonly seen in the heroin trade.

From inside the passenger’s bra, CBP recovered two small packages commonly known as “tickets” of heroin.

On January 15, 2015, Dixon was indicted by a federal grand jury on a one-count indictment charging him with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance. Dixon pleaded guilty to the sole count in the indictment on June 2, 2015, pursuant to a plea agreement.

On Tuesday, Dixon was sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland by U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford, to 18 months in prison followed by three years of post-release supervision.