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Brooklyn, New York Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

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

Burlington, Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jazzmeek Johnson, 31, of Brooklyn, New York was sentenced today to serve 60 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to distributing controlled substances, specifically cocaine base and fentanyl.  United States District Judge Christina Reiss ordered that after Mr. Johnson’s release from custody, he must serve a 3-year term of supervised release.  Mr. Johnson has been detained since his arrest in July 2022.

According to court records, law enforcement began investigating Jazzmeek Johnson in August 2021. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Johnson sold controlled substances to a confidential informant on five separate occasions.  On one of those occasions, May 31, 2022, Mr. Johnson sold cocaine base and fentanyl to a confidential informant in Rutland, Vermont. Mr. Johnson was arrested on July 17, 2022, during a traffic stop.  Following his arrest, Mr. Johnson confessed to selling drugs out of the Highlander Motel in Rutland.

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, Rutland City Police Department, and the Vermont State Police. 
Assistant United States Attorneys Jonathan Ophardt, Corinne Smith, and Zachary Stendig handled the prosecution.  Heather Ross, Esq. represented Jazzmeek Johnson.


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Updated May 9, 2023

Drug Trafficking