Crime

Big pot dealer gets 2 yrs

Kyle S. Lamothe, 29, of Milton was sentenced last week in US District Court in Burlington to 24 months’ incarceration following his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana.

Chief District Judge Geoffrey Crawford also gave Lamothe a $20,000 fine and three years of supervised release following incarceration.

According to court records, Lamothe used a residence on Lasnier Road in Swanton to store, process and distribute marijuana and products infused with marijuana extracts and THC distillates. The Court found that the enterprise involved at least 700 kilograms (1,543 pounds) of “converted drug weight”—a measure the United States Sentencing Guidelines uses as a common denominator in cases involving multiple controlled substances that roughly equates to a kilogram of marijuana.

Lamothe received hundreds of pounds of marijuana from suppliers in the western United States and in Canada, and he sold multi-pound quantities of marijuana to customers for profit. Lamothe also prepared thousands of unregulated THC-infused edibles in a lab facility in his residence.

When federal authorities executed a search warrant on the Lasnier Road residence in November 2020, they seized over 600 kilograms of plant material, over 270 kilograms of various THC-infused products, and approximately $121,000 in currency. They also located four loaded firearms in the residence, each within reach of bulk currency or controlled substances.

The case was jointly investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Vermont State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit. Acting United States Attorney Jonathan A. Ophardt said, “While we acknowledge a qualitative difference between cannabis and more dangerous controlled substances, traffickers who possess large amounts of cannabis and currency attract violence. The guns encountered in this case are evidence of that connection.”

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