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Convicted Drug Distributor Charged with Distributing Cocaine Base in Decker Towers

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

Burlington, Vermont – The United States Attorney’s Office stated that Lamont Hudgins, 42, of Staten Island, New York, has been indicted by a federal grand jury with distributing cocaine base at Decker Towers, a Burlington Housing Authority high-rise for elderly and disabled residents. Hudgins was arraigned on March 11, 2024 and is detained pending further proceedings. 

According to court records, in 2018, Hudgins was convicted of distribution of heroin and marijuana in the District of Vermont and sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment. A complaint filed in this case alleges that, in 2023 and 2024, Hudgins distributed cocaine base and fentanyl to a confidential informant on at least seven occasions in and around Decker Towers.  

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an indictment contains allegations only and that Hudgins is presumed innocent until and unless he is convicted of a crime. Hudgins faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Burlington Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and the Northwest Vermont Drug Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney Corinne Smith is handling the prosecution. Mark A. Kaplan, Esq., represents Hudgins.


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Updated March 13, 2024

Drug Trafficking