Man sentenced to 8 years for drug trafficking, firearms offenses in Burlington

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BURLINGTON — Quenton Dodson, 36, originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by a four-year term of supervised release on Tuesday, March 7, by Chief United States District Judge Geoffrey Crawford.

Dodson had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine, as well as being a felon in possession of firearms.

According to court records, Dodson came to Vermont in 2021 to sell methamphetamine and fentanyl after serving nearly eight years in a Michigan prison and another year on parole for shooting three individuals in a drug-related dispute.

Between late 2021 and early 2022, the Burlington Police Department conducted a series of controlled drug purchases from Dodson.

In January 2022, police obtained search warrants for Dodson’s Farrell Street apartment and the Ledgewood Circle apartment of a woman suspected of working with him.

In Dodson’s apartment, police found over $10,000 in cash, approximately 20 grams of fentanyl, 65 grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of cocaine, and a loaded handgun.

The Ledgewood Circle apartment search yielded nearly three pounds of methamphetamine, some of which bore Dodson’s fingerprint, and another loaded handgun.

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest stated, “This case demonstrates that Vermont should not be perceived as a friendly destination for those praying on the addictions of others.”

Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad emphasized the department’s multi-faceted approach to addressing the drug problem, from treatment for those with substance use disorders to prosecution and prison for drug traffickers.

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