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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jorge Torres, 23, of Hartford, Connecticut, was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment today in United States District Court by United States District Judge William K. Sessions III. Torres previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Judge Sessions also ordered that Torres serve three years of supervised release after he serves his term of imprisonment.
According to court records, on December 21, 2021, Torres was arrested in the town of Orleans in the Northeast Kingdom while he was traveling northbound on Interstate 91 in possession of about 1500 bags of fentanyl, several grams of crack cocaine, and a loaded 9mm handgun. Prior to his arrest, Torres had sold fentanyl on several occasions to one or more persons cooperating with law enforcement. Torres was detained following his arrest and had been in custody since that time. This was Torres’ first criminal conviction.
This matter was investigated by the Vermont State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Newport, Vermont Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Drescher was the prosecutor. Torres was represented by Lisa Shelkrot, Esq., of Burlington.