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Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Gun and Fentanyl Offenses

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

Burlington, Vermont – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on May 1, 2023, Varian Lefebvre, 29, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss to 77 months’ imprisonment to be followed by a 7-year term of supervised release for possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and for being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm on January 21, 2021. Lefebvre had previously pleaded guilty to the offenses.

According to court records, on January 21, 2021, two women were walking down a hallway at the Holiday Inn in Rutland, Vermont, when they encountered Varian Lefebvre, who was at that time in the middle of an armed confrontation with another person. Lefebvre pointed his handgun at the women and ordered them back to their room. When Vermont State Police responded to the hotel, they encountered Lefebvre wearing a backpack as he was leaving the hotel. A search of the backpack turned up a fully loaded handgun (including a bullet in the chamber) and 220 bags of fentanyl. DNA evidence from the gun confirmed that Lefebvre had possessed the weapon. 
The case was investigated by the Vermont State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mary Nerino of the Office of the Federal Public Defender represented Lefebvre. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Ang and Michael Drescher represented the government.

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 1, 2023

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