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Connecticut Man Sentenced for Drug Offense in St. Albans

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

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Andre Hudson, 40, of Hartford, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to a total of 54 months in prison. Hudson previously pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and cocaine base with intent to distribute, and admitted to violating terms of his supervised release from a prior federal offense. Chief U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford sentenced Hudson to 30 months for the heroin and cocaine base possession, and 24 months for the supervised release violations, to be served consecutively. Hudson will serve a three year term of supervised release upon his release from prison.

According to court records and proceedings, on November 2, 2017, Hudson was found in a residence on North Elm Street in St. Albans, Vermont, where co-defendant Jeffry Robtoy lived. In the bedroom where Hudson was found, law enforcement located over 7 grams of a mixture containing fentanyl, over 14 grams of cocaine base, and $7,732 in U.S. currency. Evidence from Hudson’s cell phone shows that he was corresponding with Robtoy about drug sales in the preceding weeks. Hudson had previously served a nine year federal prison sentence for drug trafficking in Connecticut, and was on supervised release at the time of this offense.

In May 2019, co-defendant Robtoy was sentenced to a term of 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicole Cate and Jonathan Ophardt handled the prosecution.  Hudson was represented by Mark Kaplan, Esq. U.S. Attorney Christina E. Nolan commended the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the St. Albans Police Department in the investigation and prosecution of Hudson and Robtoy.  She stated: “This case is an example of how the U.S. Attorney’s Office works closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to prosecute drug trafficking throughout Vermont, including by focusing on repeat offenders who travel from out of state to distribute deadly drugs here.”

Updated June 18, 2019

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