Drug trafficking charges following bust in Burlington

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BURLINGTON — A multi-agency operation has led to the arrest of Umar Koon, a Bronx, NY resident, on numerous drug-related charges including the trafficking of fentanyl and cocaine.

The 45-year-old was taken into custody on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. on Pearl Street after a lengthy investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force in collaboration with local and federal law enforcement agencies.

The operation included the Vermont State Police Williston Barracks, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Burlington Police Department, the South Burlington Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

Koon, who resisted arrest and attempted to escape on foot, was apprehended quickly and without further incident.

Searches following his arrest led to the seizure of significant quantities of narcotics, including approximately 55 grams of cocaine base, 51 grams of powder cocaine, and 36 grams of fentanyl.

The substances seized have a combined estimated street value of over $41,000.

Authorities also confiscated MDMA, a firearm, and suspected drug proceeds.

Facing six counts of fentanyl trafficking, five counts of fentanyl sale, and additional charges related to cocaine sales, weapon possession, and the transportation of regulated drugs into detention facilities, Koon has been jailed at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Koon is scheduled for arraignment at the Chittenden County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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