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Three Rutland Drug Traffickers Sentenced

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

Burlington, Vermont – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that three defendants have been sentenced in connection with drug charges related to the trafficking of cocaine base in Rutland, Vermont, concluding yesterday with the sentencing of Danielle Richardson. The three defendants are: Christopher Moton, 29, of North Charleston, South Carolina; Maurice Pompey, 35, of Anderson, South Carolina; and Danielle Richardson, 31, of Poultney, Vermont. Moton previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, while Pompey and Anderson pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine base.

According to court records, law enforcement conducted multiple covert purchases of controlled substances from Pompey and Richardson between August and October of 2022. Both Pompey and Richardson were linked to 116 State Street, Apartment #4, in Rutland, Vermont. On October 24, 2022, a federal search warrant was obtained authorizing the search of the apartment. The search resulted in the seizure of two handguns and suspected cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl. Moton was inside of the apartment when law investigators executed the warrant. Richardson was arrested during a traffic stop and found in possession of cocaine base at the time of her arrest.

United States District Judge Christina Reiss imposed the following sentences:

  • Christopher Moton – 18 Months of Imprisonment to be followed by Three Years of Supervised Release;
  • Maurice Pompey – Time Served to be followed by Three Years of Supervised Release;
  • Danielle Richardson – Time Served to be followed by Two Years of Supervised Release.

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the coordinated investigatory efforts of the Rutland Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force, the Vermont State Police, and the Manchester Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Ophardt and Zachary Stendig.

Moton was represented by Kevin Henry, Esq. Pompey was represented by Richard Bothfeld, Esq. Richardson was represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Sara Puls, Esq.

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 March 19, 2024

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