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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brooklyn Man, Known As “thuggin,” Sentenced To 58 Months In Jail For Conspiring To Distribute Heroin And Cocaine Base

Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated  that Andrew Hollins, 27, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced on May 19, 2014 by United States District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha to 58 months in jail for conspiring  to distribute cocaine base (crack cocaine) and heroin in Burlington, Vermont.  Hollins was also sentenced to a 3-year period of supervised release after he is released from prison.

According to Court records, Hollins was arrested on June 10, 2013 at the Quality Inn at 84 South Park Drive in Colchester, Vermont after law enforcement entered Room 135 pursuant to a state court search warrant.  While the officers were trying to open the hotel room door, Hollins, known on the street as “Thuggin” was trying to hold the door closed so that his associate could flush money and drugs down the toilet.  His attempt to hold the door closed was unsuccessful and officers pulled $8,000 in cash, 31.8 grams of heroin and 54.3 grams of crack cocaine from the toilet.

Hollins was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 20, 2013.  He was ordered to be detained in jail pending trial.  On January 27, 2014, Hollins pled guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine base and heroin.  He has been detained in prison since his arrest.

This case was investigated by the Burlington Police Department.  The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends that agency for its work.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell.  Hollins was represented by Steven Barth of the Office of the Federal Public Defender.

Updated June 22, 2015