Former Grand Isle selectman pleads guilty to selling cocaine and oxycodone

BURLINGTON — Former Grand Isle Selectman, Bernard Savage, 57, from Alburgh, plead guilty on Monday to charges of conspiring to distribute powder cocaine and oxycodone, between 2014 and 2015.

According to court records, Savage admitted during undercover recordings to dealing powder cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana.

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Vermont State Police.

Between October 2014 and June 2015, Savage participated in multiple undercover drug sales as part of the charged conspiracy.

On three separate occasions, he sold powder cocaine and oxycodone pills to a confidential informant. All of the sales took place at Savage’s residence at 152 Route 2 in Alburgh, Vermont.

Bernard Savage’s wife, Patricia Savage, assisted in several of the undercover deals. She plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of oxycodone at the same hearing.

At the time of the search, federal agents seized over 100 firearms from the residence. Savage had been a licensed firearms dealer previously, but he no longer had that license in 2015.

As part of the plea agreement, the firearms were not returned but instead turned over to another licensed firearms dealer for sale.

Savage agreed to the forfeiture of $24,620 in currency seized at the time of the search of the Savage residence in July 2015. Savage also agreed to pay an additional $50,280 prior to his sentencing to satisfy the $75,000 forfeiture.

In addition, both Savages agreed that, if the money judgment was not paid prior to the sentencing date, they would agree to the forfeiture of their residence.

Bernard Savage faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

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