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Brittany Busby Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison for Distributing Fentanyl at Northern Lights Transitional House

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont - The United States Attorney’s Office stated that Brittany Busby, 31, formerly of Washington, Vermont, was sentenced on March 15, 2023 in United States District Court in Rutland to 28 months of imprisonment following her guilty plea to distributing fentanyl. U.S. Chief District Judge Geoffrey Crawford also ordered that Busby serve three years of supervised released and pay restitution in the amount of $250 to the family of a victim.  

On September 26, 2022, Busby pleaded guilty to an Information charging her with distributing fentanyl. According to court records and proceedings, Busby was a resident of Northern Lights, a transitional housing program for women located in Burlington, Vermont. Before it was closed on June 30, 2021, Northern Lights was intended to provide a sober living environment, as well as vocational training, substance abuse treatment, medical care, and other programming for women to successfully reenter the community.  

On the evening of January 11, 2021, while at Northern Lights, Busby knowingly and intentionally distributed fentanyl to at least one other Northern Lights resident. On January 12, 2021, Burlington Police responded to Northern Lights and found that two Northern Lights residents had fatally overdosed after using fentanyl and other controlled substances.  

“The Burlington Police Department is very grateful to the United States Attorney’s Office for helping us investigate this crime,” said acting Chief of Police Jon Murad, “and to the Drug Enforcement Administration for all its assistance. We also want to thank all those who work tirelessly to treat people experiencing substance use disorder. And I want to personally applaud Detective Kratochvil’s work. This terrible epidemic continues to claim victims. Police are called to respond to deaths like these too often. Each represents a life cut short; each leaves grief in its wake. Our ultimate goal is to prevent any such deaths.”

“Fentanyl is causing deaths in record numbers and DEA’s top priority is to aggressively pursue anyone who distributes this poison,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Boyle. “Illegal drug distribution ravages the very foundations of our families and communities so every time we take fentanyl off the streets, lives are saved. This investigation demonstrates the strength of collaborative local, county and state law enforcement efforts in Vermont and our strong partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

“Fentanyl distribution continues to be a significant problem affecting our Vermont communities,” said U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest. “The investigation of Brittany Busby and the two overdose deaths at Northern Lights demonstrates why those who choose to distribute fentanyl must be held accountable for their actions. It also demonstrates why Vermont needs more robust, substance-free transitional housing. Thanks to the dedication and thorough work of the Burlington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration this sad chapter at Northern Lights has now come to a close.” 

The case was investigated by the Burlington Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  

Busby was represented by Heather E. Ross, Esq., of Sheehey, Furlong & Behm, P.C.  The prosecutors were Assistant United States Attorneys Kimberly Ang and John J. Boscia.


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Updated March 17, 2023

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