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Burlington Man Charged with Distributing Controlled Substances to a Minor

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 announced that on March 14, 2024, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Jack Gower, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, with distributing controlled substances to a person under 21 years of age.

Gower entered a plea of not guilty to the charges during an arraignment on March 21, 2024, before United States Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle. Judge Doyle ordered that Gower be released on conditions during the pretrial phase of the case.

According to court records, Gower met a juvenile, on Reddit in the spring of 2023 and began selling controlled substances, including Xanax and Dilaudid, to the juvenile. In May 2023, the juvenile suffered a non-fatal overdose from controlled substances believed to have been acquired from Gower.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an indictment contains allegations only and that Gower is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Gower faces a mandatory minimum of 1 year in prison and up to 40 years in prison if convicted. The actual sentence, however, would be determined by the Court with guidance from the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines and the statutory sentencing factors.

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Milton Police Department.

The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Corinne Smith. Gower is represented by the Office of the Federal Public Defender.


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Updated March 25, 2024

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