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Deven Moffitt of Bennington Convicted of Federal Gun and Drug Charges

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

Burlington, Vermont – The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that yesterday, Deven Moffitt, 33, of Bennington, Vermont was convicted in U.S. District Court in Burlington of three drug and gun charges after a four-day jury trial. U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss ordered that Moffitt remain in jail pending sentencing, which has been scheduled for November 15, 2024. Moffitt has been held without bail since his arrest in June 2022.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Moffitt was arrested by the Vermont State Police in Bennington on June 1, 2022. From a search of the bags Moffitt was carrying that day, law enforcement recovered over 3,500 individual bags containing fentanyl, additional bags of cocaine and cocaine base, as well as two firearms: a .22 High Standard Manufacturing Corporation revolver and a 9mm Hi-Point semi-automatic pistol. Both guns were loaded, and the 9mm pistol had a bullet in its chamber, with its safety off. Moffitt also possessed over $16,000 in cash upon his arrest.

The jury found that Moffitt possessed fentanyl and cocaine with the intent to distribute. The jury also convicted Moffitt of knowingly possessing the firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking, and of possessing those firearms while being a convicted felon.

Based on the jury’s verdict, Moffitt faces a mandatory prison sentence of at least five years, with a potential maximum sentence of life. The actual sentence will be determined with reference to Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the statutory sentencing factors.

U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the collaborative investigative work of Vermont State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Vermont Drug Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. “This case is another example of the connection between drug trafficking and illegal possession of firearms. Because of the dangers of guns and drugs, in the interest of public safety, this office, along with our investigative partners, will continue to prioritize prosecution of these federal crimes.”

U.S. Attorney Kerest also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service for assistance during trial.

At trial, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew C. Gilman and Julia “Jules” Torti represented the government. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Drescher worked on this matter for the government during the pre-trial phase. Moffitt was represented by Kevin Henry, Esq. of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC.

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


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Updated May 17, 2024

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