Saturday, October 27, 2007

Vermont Fraternity Gets Seized by Feds

Fraternity seizure sought in alleged drug case
BURLINGTON --
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday it was seeking to seize a University of Vermont fraternity based on an allegation of cocaine trafficking.

The alleged dealing at Lamda Iota fraternity, 440 Pearl St., occurred between the spring of 2006 and late April 2007, the office stated in a news release.

According to court records, an investigation by the Burlington Police Department found that several members of the fraternity, along with the house manager, sold cocaine out of the house, according to the news release. Some of the alleged customers were members of the fraternity’s board of governors, who are UVM alumni.

Burlington police arrested two fraternity members on April 27 on charges of drug distribution, the office stated. A third person was also arrested. None of those arrestees was named in the release.

Another alleged conspirator, Allen Page, 28, of New Haven, Conn., has been indicted in Vermont on a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 5000 grams of cocaine and for conspiracy to distribute oxycontin, the release said. 