Alburg Pill Dealer Sentenced to 110 Months in Federal Prison
Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on June 13, 2012, David Sullivan, 58, a resident of Alburg, Vermont, was sentenced to 110 months in federal prison after his guilty plea to charges that he 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 Sullivan serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. Sullivan's partner, Elizabeth Boudreau, was sentenced to 104 months in prison on June 11, 2012.
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, Sullivan 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, he 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, Sullivan's recommended sentence was 181 to 211 months in prison. In determining the sentence, Judge Reiss noted, among other factors, the scale of the conspiracy, Sullivan's use of handguns, and his criminal record, which includes a 2005 conviction for assault and robbery with a weapon. In that offense, Sullivan used a handgun to rob a pharmacy in St. Albans. Sullivan was still on parole for that crime when he engaged in the conspiracy to distribute pills. Judge Reiss also considered Sullivan's age and multiple health problems.
This case has been investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, 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 John-Claude Charbonneau.