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Violent fentanyl dealer sentenced to two years in federal prison

In a case that sheds light on the interconnected issues of drug trafficking and violent crime, Jashier A. Gillespie, a 22-year-old man from Philadelphia, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in a drug distribution conspiracy involving fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine base in Vermont.

Gillespie’s sentencing follows a particularly brutal incident that occurred on September 28, 2022, at a Walgreens parking lot in Burlington. The assault and robbery, which left the victim with severe injuries including multiple skull fractures, broken ribs, and potential loss of an eye, was initially investigated by the Burlington Police Department.

Through collaborative efforts with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Vermont State Police Narcotics Investigation Unit, detectives were able to identify Gillespie as the suspect. His arrest on September 29 was not without incident, as he initially fled from law enforcement before being apprehended.

Court records reveal that Gillespie served as a hand-to-hand distributor for a drug trafficking organization, primarily operating in September 2022. In addition to the federal charges related to the drug conspiracy, he also faced state charges of assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest stemming from the Walgreens incident.

Gillespie’s extensive criminal history in Pennsylvania, including arrests for felony robbery, aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, and drug charges, further underscored the gravity of his actions and the potential threat he posed to the community.

Acting Chief of Police Jon Murad commended the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in apprehending the “violent felon” and emphasized the belief that the brutal crime was associated with narcotics trafficking.

As Gillespie begins his 24-month federal sentence, which will run concurrently with any forthcoming state sentence, the case serves as a stark reminder of the intricate web of drug-related violence and the importance of a coordinated law enforcement response to combat these interconnected issues.


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