A federal judge sentenced a Bronx man for distributing fentanyl that caused at least two non-fatal overdoses in Milton, a U.S. Department of Justice press release said.
Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Andre Terrell, also known as Buzzo, to 15 years imprisonment followed by eight years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, 28 grams of cocaine base and fentanyl, the release said.
He must also forfeit $60,000 of criminal proceeds derived from the drug conspiracy.
Investigators say Terrell was the primary supplier of drugs to a Vermont-based operation between March 2015 to August 2016, using drug-addicted couriers.
The drugs causing the Milton overdoses – including of one pregnant woman – were pure fentanyl, an opiate 100 times more potent than morphine. Terrell also used a senior citizen’s apartment in Winooski to stash the drugs, the DOJ says.
Terrell was arrested just over a year ago after a multi-agency investigation including Milton police. Law enforcement seized 350 grams of heroin, 70 grams of cocaine base, a .45 Ruger pistol and over $11,000 in cash from Terrell and his nine co-conspirators, the DOJ says.
Terrell has previous drugs and firearms convictions, including a 1999 charge for pointing a loaded gun at an NYPD officer and a conviction that same year for selling cocaine base, plus a 2008 conviction for shooting a man in the leg, the DOJ says.
Judge Reiss found Terrell had also sexually assaulted a female drug courier at gunpoint after finding out she stole drugs. U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan said this case shows authorities will “aggressively and relentlessly” prosecute dealers of dangerous drugs.
“If you sell fentanyl in Vermont in any quantity, you are a potential target for federal prosecution,” she wrote in a press release, adding her office also aims to stop gun violence. “Such conduct is intolerable and poses great risks to innocent members of the public.”
Milton Police Chief Steve Laroche attributed the case’s success to the cooperation between multiple agencies.
“This drug network plagued our community with increased crime which declined after arrests,” he said in the release. “I commend the combined effort of all agencies involved.”