A Newport woman operating a crack house has been sentenced to four years

A Newport woman, who admitted to operating a crack house and housing some major and dangerous out-of-state drug dealers, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. Kimberly Lindner, 52, of Newport had attempted during her sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court on Friday afternoon to downplay her key part in a crack cocaine and fentanyl drug conspiracy throughout the Northeast Kingdom. The judge questioned Lindner’s claim that she just bought drugs for herself and went into her bedroom and was never involved in the drug trafficking. The indictment maintained she knowingly and intentionally provided 269 West Main St. in Newport as a place for the unlawful storing, distributing and using of controlled substances in November 2020. The Vermont Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and Newport City Police were all part of the investigation and drug sweeps as part of an elaborate case.