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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brooklyn Man Sentenced To 35 Months For Conspiracy To Distribute Cocaine Base In Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Von Simmonds, 32, of Brooklyn, New York was sentenced today to 35 months for his participation in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine base in Vermont during the winter of 2012-2013.  Chief Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Simmonds serve a three-year period of supervised release after his incarceration.

Simmonds was convicted of this offense after a jury trial in Rutland in June 2014.  According to the evidence presented at trial, law enforcement officers, acting on a tip, encountered Simmonds in a Rutland apartment on March 7, 2013.  Officers located Simmonds in a bedroom of the apartment.  Also found in the bedroom was a pillow case containing $4,503 in cash and a rock of cocaine base.  Simmonds acknowledged making several trips from Brooklyn to Vermont with crack cocaine.  Simmonds was arrested that night and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base.  He has remained in custody since his arrest.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rutland Police Department with the assistance of the Vermont Department of Corrections.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Doyle and Craig Nolan.  Simmonds was represented by Steven L. Barth, Esq. of the Federal Public Defender’s Office.   

Updated June 22, 2015