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Grand Isle Couple Convicted for Selling Drugs and Illegally Possessing Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on February 22, 2012, Elizabeth Boudreau, 55, and David Sullivan, 56, both residents of Alburgh, Vermont, plead guilty in United States District Court to charges that they conspired to distribute controlled substances and possessed firearms in furtherance of that drug distribution conspiracy. Chief United States District Judge Christina Reiss, sitting in Rutland, ordered both defendants to be incarcerated until their sentencing hearings. Sullivan is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, 2012 and Boudreau's sentencing hearing is set for June 11, 2012. Both hearings will take place in Rutland.

According to court records, Boudreau and Sullivan sold large quantities of controlled substances, including oxycodone, to customers from their Alburgh home. They possessed handguns to protect their drugs and the proceeds of their drug dealing. On October 17, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendants' home and arrested the couple pursuant to a federal criminal complaint. Inside the residence, law enforcement recovered thousands of dollars, hundreds of pills, and several firearms.

On the drug conspiracy charge, the defendants are subject to a maximum term of 20 years in prison and up to a $1,000,000 fine. For having possessed firearms in furtherance of the drug distribution conspiracy, the defendants are subject to a mandatory five-year term of imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine. The five-year mandatory minimum sentence must be served in addition to any term of imprisonment imposed for the drug distribution conspiracy. As part of a plea agreement filed in federal court, the defendants agreed to forfeit their firearms, the cash proceeds of their drug dealing, and the Alburgh property from which they dealt drugs.

This case has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Grand Isle County Sheriff's Department, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Marshals, and the U.S. Border Patrol. United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the efforts of these agencies.

The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. Sullivan is represented by defense attorney John-Claude Charbonneau, whose law office is in Rutland. Boudreau is represented by defense attorney David Williams, from the Burlington law firm, Jarvis, McArthur & Williams.

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