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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brattleboro Man Sentenced For Heroin Sale

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on February 17, 2015, Lamar James, 24, of Brattleboro, was sentenced in United States District Court to seven months imprisonment on his guilty plea to a charge of distribution of heroin. United States District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford also ordered James to serve three years supervised release following his incarceration. James had been detained since his July 1, 2014 arrest.

According to court records, the Vermont Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to make three controlled purchases of heroin from James in Brattleboro during April 2014. On June 18, 2014, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging defendant with distribution of heroin based on two of the controlled purchases. On December 15, 2014, James entered a guilty plea to Count Two of the Indictment arising out of his sale of fifty bags of heroin on April 29, 2014 to the informant working for the Task Force.

Acting United States Attorney Eugenia A.P. Cowles commended the Task Force for its investigation and its ongoing efforts to combat drug trafficking. Cowles added, “This office will continue to work with the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate and aggressively prosecute those who poison our children and neighbors with heroin and other illicit drugs.” Burlington Attorney David J. Williams represented James. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig S. Nolan.

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Updated June 22, 2015