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Man sentenced to prison for sex, drug trafficking

Brian Folks
Brian Folks(WCAX)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 12:32 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2020 at 9:44 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The leader of a violent sex and drug trafficking ring has been sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison.

Authorities say Brian Folks, 45, ran the two operations in Burlington from June 2012 to March 2016. In one, he sold cocaine and heroin throughout the city. Evidence showed Folks then used his access to drugs to recruit young women and force them into prostitution.

At least one of the victims was a 17-year-old who was addicted to heroin. Folks advertised her online for prostitution.

He was sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

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