John Klar: The gang’s all here in Vermont

At least two 1940s films were titled “The Gang’s All Here,” as is a new song by the band Skid Row. But in the Green Mountains of Vermont the gangs are actually here — inner city street gangs, dealing massive amounts of narcotics, and often armed with guns. Yet Vermont’s police are falsely labeled racists if they arrest them, as the disconnected leftist ideology that labels Vermont a white supremacist state ignores these very real crimes that do not jibe with the racist ideology of so-called “social justice.”

John Klar

There is no social justice in exposing Vermonters to a flood of fentanyl, crime and narcotics. Legalizing prostitution will add fuel to this fire, as do light criminal sanctions, low cash bond, lax probation, and the racialization of arrests. As I have exposed previously, the statistics used to label Vermont police racists are horribly and perhaps deliberately flawed — arrests of “people of color” are measured against Vermont’s mostly white native population, without assessing state of origin, to falsely conclude that police are targeting blacks and Hispanics. Apparently guilt is no longer an issue in criminal prosecution, as the opposite-of-MLK rhetoric assesses criminality not based on merit but on skin color.

Exposing Vermonters to steadily increasing crime and drug trafficking using a perverse racist ideology is itself criminal — how many have already died because of this flawed and illogical falsehood? It has become so absurd that the left-wing Vermont media do not report criminal gang associations — after all, that might create stigma against people of color or drug users. Thus, an eerie falsehood prevails: media just don’t report the whole truth.

But Vermonters on the street see plainly what the liberal hegemony seeks to blind. Here is a brief review of some recent arrests in Vermont in which “people of color” will likely be alleged to have been targeted by racist white police for their clearly dangerous criminal activities, employing the errant rubric that ignores state-of-origin:

– In May, 2022, Glendon Parish-Cambell and Justin Llano were charged with selling heroin and fentanyl out of a rural Washington, Vermont residence. Fourteen guns were seized, including a sawed-off shotgun, along with 28 grams of cocaine base and 400 bags of fentanyl. Llano (aka “TJ”) and Parish-Cambell (aka “B”) are both from Springfield, Massachusetts. Parish-Cambell had been arrested one year earlier in Barre in a bust that yielded 12,000 bags of heroin, and was apprehended in June in Franklin County. Llano appears to have been since apprehended in his hometown of Springfield with a loaded “ghost gun.

– Antonio Vergara was arrested on Oct. 26 with 10,500 bags of fentanyl. Reports indicate Vergara is from Walden, Vermont, but his arrest began with a police chase in Massachusetts, where he appears to have been previously charged (with a Hardwick, Vermont passenger) for possession of 29 grams of crack cocaine. That police report indicates his residency as Springfield, Massachusetts.

– Alexander Cotton of Springfeild, Massachusetts was arrested in May in Williamstown, allegedly possessing 35 grams of crack and 7.8 grams of powdered cocaine.

– Devontrez Flowers was arrested in Burlington last month for dealing fentanyl. Flowers hails from Hartford, Connecticut.

– Also from Hartford is Raymond Rivera, arrested in October in Northfield with 229 grams of cocaine, 43 grams of crack, 128 grams and 93 bags of fentanyl, and firearms. Rivera appears to be a gang member, previously convicted in Connecticut in a large drug sweep of the “West Hell” street gang. Rivera’s nickname (all gang members have street names) is ironically “White Boy,” and he was sentenced to 66 months in prison followed by five years’ probation back in 2015, before resuming drug trafficking in Northfield.

Javon E. Wright, aka “Ace” or “Hood,” was charged in May with five counts of distributing fentanyl and cocaine. Police seized 82 grams of cocaine, 20 grams of cocaine base, 12 grams of methamphetamine, and 9 grams of fentanyl. Mr. Wright’s story is instructive, as his history includes a lot of drug dealing, violence, and release. In December 2017 he was convicted of distributing crack cocaine in the Rutland area and sentenced to a mere 21 months in prison (“Judge Crawford accepted the parties’ recommendation of a 21-month sentence, in part, because of Wright’s drug addiction issues.”). But less than two years later he was charged with attempted murder for a stabbing incident, a case which was later dropped on an alleged search violation by a prosecutor who seemed to be working for the defense. Articles list Wright as residing in Vermont, but he fled to New York where he appears to be from originally.

– Kamari Harris, aka “Max”, of Hartford, Connecticut, was arrested in a Roxbury raid with more than a pound of crack, 116 grams of fentanyl, 422 bags of heroin/fentanyl, and a loaded .45 handgun. He was subsequently released without bond:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Doyle … agreed to release Hollis on conditions. Doyle rejected a request by [Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Masterson] that location monitoring and home detention be imposed.

Doyle appeared concerned that the court affidavit did not state how close Hollis was to getting the gun or drugs, and Masterson said she did not know. She said he failed to come out as ordered, and was reaching for the gun when police entered his bedroom.

This is just a sampling of recent Vermont cases involving “perpetrators of color” from south of the Vermont border (allegedly) selling drugs. Yet the liberal barf machine that has spewed hate toward our police by falsely labeling them racists for arresting dangerous, out-of-state drug trafficking offenders, remains silent. With marijuana laced with fentanyl and methamphetamines increasingly infiltrating Vermont, the left  blames COVID and isolation for the record deaths from narcotics overdoses, rather than address the clear increase in marketing activities.

Out-of-state dealers are trafficking fentanyl and other narcotics into Vermont, where 94% of deaths are among white, non-Hispanic Vermonters. Instead of defunding and maligning our state’s police officers, thereby undermining their interdiction efforts, perhaps Vermont should stop using the new social justice racism to help inner city drug dealers to kill country bumpkin drug users (of any color).

Vermont should judge drug users, drug dealers and police by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Until then, the drug trade will flourish and more people will die horrible deaths, because the drug gangs are all here.

Importing inner city culture and drug trafficking to Vermont using the new racism is getting old — and deadly — very fast. It’s time for Vermonters to wake from idiotic wokeness, and cope with reality. It’s also time for accountability from liberal professors and blind media who gaslight this problem with hands cupped over their ears.

John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.

Image courtesy of Burlington Police Department

36 thoughts on “John Klar: The gang’s all here in Vermont

  1. Not to worry! Chucky Schumer just said we could “replace” OUR non-reproducing native young people by granting AMNESTY to the hordes now crossing the border illegally! We are LOSING 300 (mostly) young people a day, imagine if we “lost” a fully loaded 737 DAILY? The NTSB would surely investigate these plane crashes. But the Biden Inc. administration? OPEN the borders to allow China’s JUNK & the Cartel’s mules in freely! And don’t forget the Cartel’s charging $5,000 EACH to these “poor & destitute” border jumpers!
    Though I rarely disagree with John I have yet to see ONE bust of “fentanyl laced weed’ anywhere, there’s NO proof that smoking/burning the stuff even “works”, it’s not like changing cocaine from an alkaloid (sniff/inject) to a hydrochloride to allow for smoking it. I could be wrong. Any chemists out there?

  2. Gang members armed with guns will be nothing to worry about if the Gun(non)Sense legislative agenda comes to fruition because possessing a firearm in certain places will be against the law. (sarc)

  3. The question that no one will answer or even attempt to expose: Who benefits from the drug trade and human trafficking? The Congressional GOP stood up and said they will “investigate” 10% Joe’s family business. The laptops of Anthony Weiner, Hunter Biden, and allegedly Nancy Pelosi, should not need to be investigated – it’s evidence and charges should be leveled if we had a legitimate justice system. I guess the problem is that the evidence ensnares the GOP into being complicit and perhaps benefactors/co-conspiritors as well (Pence? Romney? McConnell?) Until someone has the guts (other than 45) to expose the inconvenient Truth, all of this is just pointing out the obvious with no intention to stop it or prosecute. Coming from an officer of the court…speaks volumes to me.

    • uniparty republicans don’t want to rock the boat, they love, love, love things just they way they are….

      • Exactly! Hearing 45 say China has no drug problem (other than making the drugs and sending it all here.) If they really wanted to end the problem: Quick trial and death penalty. And those who screech about the death penalty are the same ones who support abortion (a death penalty inofitself) and promote big pharma genocide.

  4. Secure the southern border and the drug problem will be not be as catastrophic as it is now. Until that happens, it will be one step forward, two steps back. The drug problem cannot be controlled at the state level.

  5. Just curious here: Why not legalize everything? Legalization destroys the added profitability that criminalization produces– look at what happened when they ended Prohibition. Because it will not be as profitable, you won’t have bozos trying to hook kids on the stuff– how many strangers have you heard of that lurk around schools trying to sell kids cigarettes or beer? They can’t make a living from it.

    Second, legalization removes the fear that relatives and friends have about addressing the addict’s slow suicide by abuse. They won’t have to fear a SWAT team intervention because they had spilled the beans.

    Third, there won’t be an accessiblity-based increase in addiction. What will happen is a spike as people experiment, but it will subside when they find out it’s not for them. Neither will there be a black market for the stuff any more than there is a black market for booze or smokes– it’s just a lot more convenient and cheaper to get the product at the store.

    Fourth, a lot of the money we save on DEA enforcement can be put to use for therapy and other treatment programs.

    Fifth, the cartels will see the benefits of becoming legal under state regulatilon. They’ll make less money more honestly, but enjoy the end of paranoia-induced violence. (I believe Joe Kennedy Sr. made quite a bit more legally than when his people were smuggling Seagram’s in from Canada during Prohibition.)

    Sixth, state regulation will set the rules for additives– company personnel will go to jail trying to create more addictive products (something the government never thought about when Big Tobacco got going).

    Seventh, the folly of Prohibition stemmed from a lack of understanding the nature of alcohol addiction, Its results were appalling– law enforcement and the judicial system were very badly corrupted, public cynicism about cops and judges skyrocketed, and the Mafia became an American institution. We are much more knowledgable about addiction now, and we should put that knowledge to use.

    • Making it “legal” also says it’s ok, and it’s really not a good thing. Why would you want to condone bad, self-destructive behaviour that is often used as an escape for people’s problems?

      Having some stigma with it is not inherently bad.

      Making money of people’s weaknesses could be viewed as a bit predatory. You give people false hope, kinda like the lottery. Biggest sales are in poor areas, it’s really a tax. At least with casinos you get a meal, entertainment and some sort of chance. With Vermont Lottery, it’s a false hope, really so is socialism, we’re all about false hope in Vermont.

      • Well, Neil, the tobacco and alcohol industries have making money off people’s weaknesses since day 1, and we have seen just how dysfunctional was our attempt to ban alcohol the way we are banning harder drugs. Casinos are nearly as good as you paint them. As for sales in poor areas, that’s to be expected when people don’t find some other way to escape unpleasant situations– but there are the high-end users who get away with it fine, until they don’t (renowned actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from heroin laced with fentanyl, something that wouldn’t have happened if it had been legal and controlled the way baby formula is controlled).

        85% of alcoholics are “functioning” addicts– they hold jobs; it’s just that in their personal/family lives things are often very messy. Only 4% of people who try heroin continue with it, even in those “poor places.” Why shouldn’t we just accept that while having a legal market for those substances enables slow suicide, it will allow us to put money and talent in the areas that will actually rescue people and turn the pushers into the same sort of respectable businessmen that the Gallo brothers were?

        • Why would you want to condone more? For money?

          Have you any idea how vast the drug and alcohol problem in our little Green Mountains are?

          You’re probably ok with Big Pharma over prescribing OxyContin too?

          Do you know how many young people justify incredible poor choices with the statement….”well it’s legal”. I’m not that in love with money that I’d want to make hard core drugs “legal”….why take advantage of those who might not have the means to make correct decisions in life. In my personal view that’s predatory.

          Hey look The Government just vaccinated billions of people, telling them it was good for them, safe, effective and prevented the spread of covid. It was all lies, all lies. It’s actually harming more than helping. Did you hear that SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) plummeted over the last two years because families couldn’t get their children vaxxed up. But now we have SADS (sudden adult death syndrome) because of the vaccines pumped to prevent covid?

          It’s still a free country. Think what you like. I strongly disagree, there is no good reason to say it’s legal. Hell that’s why they have pharmacies ,and drug control within hospitals, because our brightest and most educated in health care and the consequences of drugs……NEED REGULATION…..

          • Why aren’t Americans bent as much out of shape by the damage alcohol and tobacco do? What makes you think the other substances are any worse? Familiarity breeds tolerance.

            And the options for dealing with alcohol and tobacco addiction are much more available than for banned substances.

            Think of any dependency as being “slow suicide” rather than criminally reprehensible, and you start thinking, “Hey, we can beat this case by case.” You can’t do that when they are supplied through a criminal network.

          • Clearly, we should get rid of all laws then, because people are going to do what they are going to do! We can revel in the chaos and anarchy.

            Some are of the belief, that perhaps man’s law’s might mirror natural law and ultimately divine law.

            It’s kinda like speed limit signs. Why do we have them EVERYWHERE? Why don’t we just say 70 mph highway, 50 on secondary, 30 in towns and get rid of all these signs? And just completely get rid of traffic tickets?

            Why do we have so many election laws?
            Why do we have any laws at all?

            Perhaps you are onto something, we should just legalize everything, people are going to do what they are going to do. People don’t need any guidance whatsoever!

            Yet there are some people and countries that follow natural laws and also divine laws and for some unknown reason their happiness, prosperity and lives are considerably better than those how “go their own way.”

            Choose your path, one is very wide with many people the other is narrow and less traveled. Results are remarkable consistent, unlike stock advise.

          • No, Neil, when we have regulation, we don’t have anarchy and chaos. Look at the good stoplights do, that food purity laws do, that educational standards do– and on, and on.

            We don’t have creeps hanging around schools trying to sell kids beer or cigarettes, because they are legally obtainable, thus much cheaper and far less profitable than crack or crystal meth. The goons can’t make a living off them.

            As has been shown in countries where possession and use are not criminalized, yes, there are problems– BUT the problems are actually smaller than before. A large part of this is that addicts don’t have to be players in a pyramid scheme, selling product in order to be able to afford their own habit BUT– the problem those countries have with the cartels still exists, because the production, merchandising, distribution and sales is not yet legalized. Just as Joe Kennedy Sr. became an even more accepted member of the Establishment as he was now the owner of a legal Seagram’s enterprise, subject to state and federal regulations about product quality, advertising and sales, so will the cartel mafia find out their lives are more enjoyable, more profitable and more violence-free when they play by government’s rules. Just like Joe did.

    • cgregory have you lost your mind?
      Do you really want to try and live in an actual warzone -because what do you think your ideas would create?

      There are several states that have made hard drugs legal and they are now saying it’s been a disaster.. why do you think that Oregon is electing Republicans in places where there has not been a Republican elected in 40 and 50 years..

      What we need to do is put these drug dealers to death, they need to know that we are playing hardball now and there is zero tolerance for this.. period.
      They are doing this because we are allowing it, it’s that simple.

      Have you even remembered that all of New England is one of the oldest populations in the entire country..
      I don’t know about you but I hadn’t planned on sitting in my rocking chair on the porch with an AK-47, have you?

      • See my reply to Neil, Laura.

        Your feelings are very much like those of the Temperance movement membership– alcohol was the quintessential evil, peddled by gun-toting criminals and bringing chaos to the nation. At the same time, they didn’t say boo about opium, which some 50% of farm housewives were dosing themselves just to get through life. Health officials realized opium was a problem, but as I’ve said previously, there was no field of psychotherapeutics at the time to propose anything other than banning it.

        Of course, our War on Drugs was started, as Nixon’s adviser John Ehrlichmann admitted years later, to neutralize the leftist and non-white opposition to his 1972 campaign. Declaring marijuana to be evil hit the “hippie element,” and doing so with crack cocaine (not the yuppies’ powdered variety) neutralized the non-whites, since “neutralization” involved a lot of police raids. It worked quite well for Nixon.

    • The only way legalization of all opioids would work to cure widespread addiction is if the possession, distribution and use of Narcan (overdose reversal drug) were absolutely prohibited.

      • There will always be addiction. “Widespread” is difficult to define. Right now, alcoholism is about 20 times greater than heroin addiction, but is not considered (and wrongly so) to be as great a problem.

        There’s something to be said about having prisons for addicts, where they would have unlimited access to the substance of their choice. If they wanted to be released, they’d only have to be clean for ninety days…. I suppose we could call them “opium dens.”

      • How ugly and messed up of a person do you have to be to say something so hateful? Who hurt you so that you think that way?

        • Eddie, it’s more merciful than what they endure now– homelessness, malnutrition, ostracism by family and society, harassment and punishment from law enforcement and the courts, a life made paranoid by threats of violence from dealers, and of course the poverty caused (in a lot of Vermont cases) by their addiction.

          Granted, their lotus land residence would be involuntary, but only insofar as they wanted both to leave and continue their addiction. Those who want to leave would have all the opportunity to break their habit, and doing so while surrounded by all the instruments of their downfall would prove the mettle of their course of salvation. Those who wanted to but couldn’t stay the course would at least have the comfort of the substances that they sought to ease their pain.

          What do you see as problems for this proposal?

        • We can stop blaming the doctors now for hooking all those straight-A high school athletes with knee injuries on opioids. Lets’ stop kidding ourselves, the current crop of overdoses are people who made a conscious decision to use opioids recreationally, and surprise, surprise, got addicted. The main contributing factors now in producing the death toll in Vermont are cheap, chinese fentanyl coming in by the ton across our wide-open southern border and the free hotel rooms for those who claim to be homeless providing a high level of privacy and isolation. Both of these contributing factors are made possible by our caring and compassionate demoKKKrat party. For a party that so overtly condemns past eugenics practices, they sure do an effective job with promoting the naturally occurring form of it: Darwinism.

  6. Trump has the answer, it’s called the death sentence for selling drugs to someone and it kills them. Both my son and his friend were both found dead last December by me. They purchased fentanyl laced marijuana. The dealers were never found. Nothing we can do folks. Nothing to see here, move along.
    If I had the power, I could stop this in one week.

    • I”m so sorry, lost a friend two weeks ago to drugs. It’s everywhere, unfettered. The chinese know exactly what they are doing, they had it done to them in the opium wars, nearly crushed their country, took a 100 years for them to recover. Meanwhile the drug trade is open through mexico…..

      Everyone in Vt knows someone killed by drugs. It’s about money and take over of a country.

      • Thank You! My wife and I are verry bitter with Biden and his administration. She gets upset every night seeing how much of this stuff comes over the border on the news. When will people wake up to the damage the Progressives and Democrats do.

    • Sorry for your loss, Vito. I lost three relatives to alcohol and one to tobacco. Nobody except the bereaved suffered for those deaths.

    • “Both my son and his friend were both found dead last December by me. They purchased fentanyl laced marijuana. ”

      Cite, please. Link a news article or an obituary.

  7. The entire narrative of racism in policing is gaslighting. Hardcore, Forced Gaslighting.
    There is undoubtedly some racist police and prosecutors. Judges also. But very few here in Vermont-and with the oversight by media and ‘concerned’ citizens, you can bet it’s brought to light very quickly. To that statement- we have seen very few real allegations and fewer yet disciplinary actions against police, none for prosecutors or judges. The documented actual shootings, overdoses and drug arrests show clearly that racism in not in play in Vermont. I’d bet that more non-caucasian people that commit these crimes are not even arrested because of the liberal racism narrative.
    All the work done by UVM professor stephanie seguino points to systemic racism seemingly by every police officer of every department- and based on facts such as Klar states above- her conclusions are but more Hardcore Gaslighting.
    I would remind those screeching about racism- particularly systemic racism- that systems are involved, by definition. And for the last 40 years in Vermont, white liberals have been in control of the systems.

  8. This could be one of the offensive platforms for the VTGOP…..use the system for good and for the benefit of Vermonters.

    1) Put a bounty on any illegal pharmacy operating with in a Vermont town.

    Every other business has to get permits and go through act250. Seems that Drug dealers don’t. Every town knows where and who is operating an illegal pharmacy. They should immediately start receiving fines from the zoning officer and or act 250 if it’s under their jurisdiction.

    Every town is awarded $10,000 for closing/identifying an illegal pharmacy operation. $4,000 for Citizen, $4,000 for cop and $2,000 for town.

    This would quickly bring to light how much drug dealing is going on, who’s doing it and where it is. And like so many legit businesses trapped under our “system” they will likely do business elsewhere because it’s too difficult. Nosey neighbors will serve a purpose. NIMBY will be doing good.

    This along with housing would be two part prong that would win the hearts of Vermonters across the state, across all party lines. It would be controlling the narrative and working for Vermonters, defending our Republic at the same time.

    Vermont can do better, alot better. It’s time for a reformation within the VTGOP.
    Dame, Benning and Scott have to go, too much “you will own nothing and be happy” in the water.

  9. John, thank you for pointing out reality over fluff. The proponents of all these “woke” movements have been delusional, simple as that. Now one of their heroes and financiers, Sam Bankman-Fried has been proven to have been a charlatan and today admitted that all of his promotion of climate change dangers was total hype.

    He did what he did because the folks who benefited from his and his partner’s largess with other people’s money let him do it. Now it all has turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. The recipients of any money from these clowns should be returned to those whose money was fraudulently used to promote them (D & R). They should not be allowed to give it to charity. This is not their money !
    Are you listening Ms. Balint and Mr. Welch ?

  10. “Importing inner city culture and drug trafficking to Vermont using the new racism is getting old — and deadly — very fast. It’s time for Vermonters to wake from idiotic wokeness…..There is no social justice in exposing Vermonters to a flood of fentanyl, crime and narcotics.”

    Well said Mr. Klar….but in VT…only one type of “lives” matter, to the “insane-o-cult” Progressives…..BLM.

    • Mr. Klar….when you say this….one of your best!….THWAP 🙂

      “…perhaps Vermont should stop using the new social justice racism to help inner city drug dealers to kill country bumpkin drug users (of any color).”

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