Detroit Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin, Fentanyl, and Cocaine Base

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The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on November 21, 2022, Deamontae Luchie, 29, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss to 31 months’ imprisonment and a 3-year term of supervised release for distributing heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base between December 2019 and January 2020.

According to court records, in December 2019 and January 2020, investigators with the Burlington Police Department conducted three controlled purchases of narcotics from Luchie.  

On December 24, 2019, in the vicinity of North Champlain Street in Burlington, Vermont, Luchie sold fentanyl and heroin as well as cocaine base to a confidential source, who was cooperating with law enforcement.  On January 6, 2020, in the vicinity of Champlain Street in Burlington, Vermont, Luchie sold heroin and fentanyl to a confidential source.  And on January 8, 2020, in the vicinity of Summit Street in Essex, Vermont, Luchie sold heroin and fentanyl to a confidential source.  Following his arrest on January 15, 2020, Luchie admitting to travelling from Detroit, Michigan to Burlington, Vermont to sell narcotics in the Burlington, Vermont area.    

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the efforts of the Burlington Police Department as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration, Burlington Resident Office, in the investigation and prosecution of Luchie.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. Gilman.  Luchie was represented by Mohammed A. Nasser, Esq., Jeremy D. Bowie, Esq., and Mark D. Oettinger, Esq.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.  Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf