Crime

Georgia man charged with selling fentanyl in South Burlington

Melvin Hill, 42, of the state of Georgia, appeared March 14 in United States District Court in Burlington on a criminal complaint charging him with distributing fentanyl.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Doyle ordered that Hill be detained without bail pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to court records, in January 2022, a confidential source told law enforcement that it could buy narcotics from Hill.  In February and March, this source made two controlled purchases of fentanyl from Hill in transactions that were recorded.  Officers learned that Hill was staying at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.  They obtained a state court warrant to search Hill’s hotel room and the car he had been driving.  Officers arrested Hill on March 10 and recovered a loaded pistol and crack cocaine from his person.  In his car and hotel room, officers seized hundreds of folds of heroin, hundreds of pills containing fentanyl, powder cocaine, and methamphetamine.  They also found around $13,000 in cash.    

The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the complaint are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

If convicted, Hill faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000,000.  The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.

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  1. What should concern everyone is not so much that fentanyl is for sale in Burlington, but that there are people in Burlington foolish enough to buy it and use it. But then again, when society worships the victims among us, it pays to be a victim, even while being so is likely to kill you. Maybe that’s the point. Such a shame.

    • When you dont have any real intersectionality victimhood points to boast such as non-white skin tone, non-western European ethnicity, non-cisgender gender expression, non-straight sexuality, homelessness…the addiction thang confers upon you instant victimhood status (exception: your addiction is to nicotine, which instead confers upon you second-class citizen status). That seems to be the allure here, now that we live in a society that worships, rewards and hence incentivizes victimhood.

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