Federal prosecutors say the girlfriend of homicide victim Michael J. Pimental is a pistol-packing drug addict and heroin trafficker recently engaged in the illegal transportation of ammunition into Vermont.
That’s according to a second superseding indictment filed Thursday in United States District Court in Burlington Thursday against Krystal Whitcomb, 27.
Whitcomb, who has been questioned about the homicide, shared a home with Pimental at 2394 Duck Pond Road in Waterford.
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Pimental, 37, was found dead off Victory Road in Concord on Oct. 14. He was shot multiple times in the head, torso and an extremity. The state medical examiner ruled his death a homicide but has not revealed the location of the shooting.
Whitcomb is now being detained by federal authorities for the alleged distribution of heroin in the Northeast Kingdom.
In count one of the new indictment, Whitcomb is accused of being illegally in possession of two .38 caliber handguns and one .40 caliber handgun “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.”
Whitcomb is prohibited from possessing firearms because she is “a person addicted to a controlled substance,” according to the indictment.
Both Krystal Whitcomb and co-defendant father Shawn Whitcomb, 51, have petitioned the court to be released so they can enter drug rehabilitation programs.
The new indictment alleges that Krystal Whitcomb conspired with an undisclosed suspect to illegally purchase ammunition at the Littleton Walmart and transport it across state lines.
“As part of the conspiracy, on or about October 2018, the defendants traveled to Walmart in Littleton, N.H. purchased ammunition at Walmart, and transported the ammunition to Vermont,” reads count three of a second superseding indictment filed Thursday in United States District Court in Burlington and against Krystal Whitcomb and Shawn Whitcomb.
The indictment further alleges that the ammunition was purchased at Walmart by Krystal Whitcomb and her unnamed co-defendant “on or after Oct. 11, 2018” - three days prior to the discovery of Pimental’s body.
The indictment redacts the name of Krystal Whitcomb’s alleged co-conspirator in the ammunition conspiracy and includes a notice that the government plans to start seizing property allegedly obtained by Whitcomb and her father by illegal means or proceeds from illegal activity such as the drug dealing.
Items listed in the indictment for possible forfeiture include approximately $22,000 in U.S. currency and coins and other “precious metals” found by police in Krystal Whitcomb’s Waterford residence.
In count 2 of the ten count indictment both Krystal Whitcomb and Shawn Whitcomb are now charged with conspiring with others to distribute heroin and Fentynal in the Northeast Kingdom between July and October of 2018.
Shawn Whitcomb is facing six counts of distributing heroin.
Both Whitcombs have been questioned as part of the investigation into Pimental’s disappearance and death but neither has been charged in connection with the homicide case or been named as a suspect.