Accused Westminster drug dealer in federal custody

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WESTMINSTER — A Westminster resident accused of dealing cocaine was taken into federal custody Thursday.

According to an affidavit filed by Colin Simons, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Vermont State Police worked with a confidential source to arrange two controlled purchases of cocaine from Daniel DeThomas, 36, in April.

According to the document, which was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, the source contacted DeThomas via Facebook Messenger and was told to stop by DeThomas's residence, a multi-apartment building at 94 Chaffee Lane.

According to the affidavit, the source is cooperating with law enforcement for consideration of a felony drug offense. The source has previous convictions for escape from furlough, petit larceny, giving false information to police, unlawful trespass, violation of probation and retail theft.

Following the first arranged sale — audio and video of which was recorded by state police — the source turned over 2.7 grams of cocaine base to investigators.

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"DeThomas appears to be cutting individual pieces of cocaine base on a plate in his kitchen, then placing the individual pieces into individual plastic bags," the affidavit states.

During a second arranged sale, the source purchased 1.6 grams of cocaine base from DeThomas, according to the affidavit.

"The video depicts DeThomas's face and shows him holding a bag of what was later determined to be cocaine base," Simons wrote.

DeThomas's detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. He is now being held on two charges of distributing cocaine base.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.


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