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William Dunn Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Crack Cocaine

August 24, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that William James Dunn, 28, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced on August 23, 2012, to 90 months in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in the Burlington area and committing this offense while on supervised release related to a 2008 federal conviction. He was also sentenced to 3 years of supervised release.

According to court records, Dunn was federally convicted in 2008 for possessing a stolen firearm as a convicted felon and was sentenced to 37 months. After serving a term of imprisonment, Dunn began a three-year period of federal supervised release in 2010. As a result of an ongoing investigation into the drug trafficking activities of Dunn in 2011, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Dunn and Brittany Hall as they arrived by car in Burlington from Rhode Island on September 17, 2011. At that time, agents seized a package containing distribution quantities of heroin and crack cocaine. As part of this conspiracy, Dunn acquired narcotics in Rhode Island and distributed them in the Burlington, Vermont area. Dunn engaged in this drug-dealing while subject to conditions of supervised release related to his previous federal conviction.

Dunn was indicted on September 29, 2011 and pled guilty to this drug conspiracy on April 9, 2012. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Burlington and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Doyle. Dunn was represented by Ernest M. Allen III of the Burlington law firm Stetler, Allen & Kampmann.

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