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Press Release

Burlington Man Charged with Firearm and Drug Offenses

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated Leon Delima, 34, of South Burlington, Vermont appeared in United States District Court today on charges related to his possession of a firearm and controlled substances. According to documents filed in the case, Delima, a multi-time felon, possessed over 30 grams of cocaine and discharged a firearm in Burlington on July 2, 2022. Following a brief appearance today, Delima was detained pending further proceedings in the case.

If convicted of the charges, Delima would face maximum sentences of up to 15 years for knowing possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense and up to 20 years for possessing cocaine with an intent to distribute it. Any actual sentence would be determined in consultation with the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The indictment is an accusation only, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

The United States Attorney’s Office credited the Burlington Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Chittenden County Gun Violence Task Force for their work in investigating the case and arresting Delima.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia Cowles represents the United States. Assistant Federal Public Defender Sara Puls represented Delima at the arraignment.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.  For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit

Updated October 17, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
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