COLCHESTER SHOOTING — Dominique Troupe, 36, a resident of Colchester, was arraigned in federal court on Wednesday on three additional charges related to guns and drugs stemming from the death of an alleged rival drug dealer in Swanton last year, according to a press release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from Dominique Troupe’s alleged involvement in the murder of the victim. December of 2017 was the month when the incident in issue took place. Troupe was taken into custody by the federal government in September of the previous year and charged with possession of cocaine base with the intent to distribute. Since her arrest, Troupe has been held in custody by the federal government.
According to the press release, the three additional charges that have been brought against Troupe are as follows: conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in relation to the drug conspiracy; and conspiracy to commit a robbery of drugs and money by threat of force. Each of these charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. There is a potential prison penalty of ten years for each of these offenses if they are found guilty. In the event that Troupe is found guilty on all four counts, he faces the prospect of a jail sentence ranging from 15 years to life.
Investigation still ongoing
Troupe is to “remain detained during the pendency of the prosecution.” as stated in the press release that was issued by United States Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle. According to the press release, the three new accusations stem from an incident that took place on February 2, 2022 in Swanton and involved the shooting death of an alleged rival drug dealer named Elijah Oliver from Haverhill, Massachusetts. The press release states that the incident involved the murder of Elijah Oliver. In order to improve their own distribution network, it is stated in a press release that “Troupe and others implemented a plan to carry out an armed robbery of Oliver,” during which “Oliver was shot and killed.” The law enforcement officials believe that Troupe was trafficking crack cocaine out of a residence on River Street in Swanton.
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