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Jason Boyd of Chittenden, Vermont, Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone

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July 24, 2012

Burlington, VT –The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Tristram J. Coffin, stated that Jason Boyd, 35, of 8 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, Vermont, was sentenced Friday, July 20, 2012, by U.S. District Court Judge William K. Sessions III to 63 months in prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills and being a user of controlled substances in possession of firearms. He was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release. Boyd has been ordered to forfeit $4,050 in cash, 6 firearms (see below), and has been ordered to pay a consent money forfeiture judgment of $60,000.

According to Court records, Boyd was the leader of a group of individuals who distributed oxycodone pills in the Rutland area. Boyd had contacts in Boston, Massachusetts who sold him Percocet 30 mg pills. Those drug sources have been indicted and arrested by the federal government in Massachusetts. Boyd himself drove to Boston to deliver cash to his drug sources and, subsequently, sent Vermont couriers to Boston to pick up the drugs. The couriers drove the drugs back to Vermont and distributed them to various individuals, working for Boyd, who sold the pills on the street in Rutland County. The Government presented evidence at sentencing that Boyd, prior to distributing oxycodone, sold large quantities of powder cocaine in the Rutland area between approximately 2005 and 2010.

Boyd, a user of illegal steroids, was also sentenced to 63 months in prison, to be served concurrently with the above sentence, for being a drug user in possession of firearms. During a search of Boyd's house in Chittenden, Vermont, in February of 2011, law enforcement seized two assault rifles, including a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle, with large capacity, loaded magazines attached to the rifles (one magazine held 30 rounds and the other magazine held 75 rounds). Law enforcement also seized 3 shotguns, a rifle, as well as a 500 Magnum revolver. The firearms were found in a concealed compartment under the attic stairway.

Boyd was indicted on June 29, 2011, and was arrested on June 29, 2011. He pled guilty to the above drug and gun charges on February 14, 2012.

This case was investigated by the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations. The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Craig Nolan and Nancy J. Creswell. Boyd was represented by Matthew Hart, Esq.

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