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Georgia man busted for local drug dealing

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BRATTLEBORO — A man known locally as "Pops" is in federal custody, accused of distributing cocaine base.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Leroy Brown Jr., 41, from McDonough, Georgia, sold cocaine base to confidential informant on a number of occasions.

The investigation by the Southeastem Vermont Drug Task Force and the FBI began in December after the confidential informant told investigators of an individual "selling large amounts of cocaine base in the Brattleboro, Vermont area."

During the course of the investigation, the CI made two purchases of cocaine base from Brown, totaling 20 grams. Both purchases, which occurred in January and February, happened in Brown's hotel room on Canal Street. During the investigation, Brown was observed driving two rental vehicles, one a white 2015 Chevrolet Cruze bearing New Jersey registration, the other a 2019 Chevrolet Impala with Florida registration.

Brown appeared in federal court on Tuesday after having been cited with multiple counts of drug distribution. He was released on conditions after his hearing.

If convicted, Brown faces a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment on each count.

"We remain ever vigilant in our efforts to root out drug trafficking in every corner of the state," stated U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan in a press release announcing the arrest. "Those who would attempt to profit from addiction or despair will be held accountable — in this time of emergency as always."

Bob Audette can be contacted at raudette@reformer.com.

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