Drugs and Crime

Charges in fentanyl overdose /Chittenden County drug dealers sentenced to prison

A 34-year-old woman has been charged with delivering the fentanyl to a man who later died of an overdose in Windham in January. Police investigating the death of Jamie Douglas say the death was ruled an accidental drug overdose from substances including fentanyl. It was determined that Tara L. Stone conspired to deliver fentanyl to Douglas the day before his death.

Tara Stone

Heroin dealer sentenced – Emanuel Dunn, 36, of Milton was sentenced to 60 months in prison, 10 years of supervised release, and a $100 fine after his guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl.  

According to court records, on July 11, 2019, a confidential informant (CI) working with the Northwest Vermont Drug Task Force arranged to purchase a half-gram of cocaine base and a bundle of heroin from Dunn. Dunn instructed the CI to come to his residence in Winooski to pick up the drugs. The CI went to the residence, where he gave Dunn $160 and received cocaine base. Dunn and the CI drove to a location in Burlington to pick up the heroin, which Dunn then gave to the CI. The substances distributed by Dunn were determined to be cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl.

Another heroin dealer sentenced – Matthew Fidler, 35, of Williston was sentenced to 100 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $100 fine after his guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine.  

On February 9, 2021, officers with the South Burlington Police Department encountered Fidler in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in South Burlington. When law enforcement attempted to confirm Fidler’s identity because he was the subject of two outstanding arrest warrants, Fidler attempted to flee. After a brief chase, Fidler was subdued and taken into custody.  During a search of Fidler’s person incident to arrest, law enforcement found a loaded handgun and distribution quantities of what was determined to be methamphetamine and heroin.

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  1. Why are some drug dealers given deserved sentences and others are given no prison time whatsoever? Should the, say, ACLU or even some federal investigative agency see to it that none of these disparities are “racist” in nature?

  2. Wait… an illegal drug overdose, and it’s not the DRUGS fault? 🤔

    We clearly need more and stricter “common sense” drug laws.

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