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District of Vermont

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rutland Man Sentenced to More than Eleven Years For Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Jaiden Paige, 37, of Rutland, was sentenced Tuesday in United States District Court in Burlington to 139 months of imprisonment following his guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and distribution of heroin. Chief U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss also ordered that Paige forfeit more than $8,000, and serve five years of supervised release following completion of his prison term. Paige had been in the custody of the United States Marshals Service since his February 2016 arrest.

Paige, whose previous name was Danny Coombs, pleaded to an Information charging him with conspiring with Kwasi Asante (also of Rutland) and others, to distribute heroin from 2014 to February 2016. Court records indicate that Paige and Asante operated a construction company and paid at least one of their employees in heroin. Court records also indicate Paige and Asante utilized others to test the heroin the defendants would consider acquiring for re-distribution in Vermont.

Asante has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

This was Paige’s second federal felony conviction. He had also been convicted of felonies in New York and Vermont state courts.

This case was investigated by the Vermont State Police, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Paige is represented by Lamar Enzor. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Drescher.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 21, 2017