Chicago Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Distributing Heroin

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/18 2014 03:53PM

Updated 08/18 2014 03:56PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Chicago man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing heroin in the Burlington area.

A press release says 35-year-old Bunthan Sam is part of a larger group with ties to Chicago; Lowell, Mass.; and Connecituct that distributed a strong form of heroin from mid-2011 until the arrest of Sam's brother, Chandara, in April 2013.

Chandara Sam, also known as "Po", was arrested after selling approximately 40 grams of heroin to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.

A press release says some of the heroin sold is known as "Chi town" or "Chi" and has caused overdoses in the last several years.

In January 2013, police arrested two two individuals, Edward Chavin and Christopher Nason, in Handy Suites in Essex. Police say Chavin was found to be in possession of more than 100 grams of heroin. Police conducted the raid after an overdose in a nearby room.

Police say their investigation found that Chavin, Nason, and Sams were part of the same heroin ring distributing heroin the Burlington area for nearly a year prior to his arrest.

In January 2014, James Nastri, of Deep River, Conn., was convicted for conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin following a jury trial.

Sam has lengthy criminal history for numerous felony offenses, violent of offenses, and several instances of unlawful weapons and firearm activity.

Sam was arrested after Massachusetts police pulled him over. They seized a firearm from his vehicle, resulting in a felony.

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