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Alburg Pill Dealer Sentenced to 104 Months in Federal Prison

June 11, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on June 11, 2012, Elizabeth Boudreau, 55, a resident of Alburg, Vermont, was sentenced to 104 months in federal prison after her guilty plea to charges that she 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, also ordered that Boudreau serve five years of supervised release following her prison term. Boudreau's partner, David Sullivan, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 13, 2012 in Rutland.

According to court records, Boudreau and Sullivan sold large quantities of controlled substances, including oxycodone, to customers from their Alburg home. Between May and October of 2011 alone, Boudreau and Sullivan acquired over $250,000 worth of prescription pills from their primary drug supplier. The couple 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, Boudreau was 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, she faced 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. Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are advisory, Boudreau's recommended sentence was 168-195 months in prison. In determining the sentence, Judge Reiss noted the scale of the conspiracy and Boudreau's use of handguns, among other factors. Judge Reiss also considered Boudreau's age and multiple health problems.

As part of a plea agreement filed in federal court, Boudreau agreed to forfeit her firearms, the cash proceeds of her drug dealing, and the Alburg property from which she dealt drugs. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Reiss ordered the property, firearms, and cash forfeited to the United States.

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. Boudreau is represented by defense attorney David Williams, from the Burlington law firm, Jarvis, McArthur & Williams.

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