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24 individuals indicted for possessing material for meth production

By WKTV News

Authorities have announced the indictments of 24 individuals in connection with a
major methamphetamine manufacture and distribution investigation and initiative centered in
Madison, Oneida, and Oswego Counties.

According to the Department of Justice, those indicted represent some of the largest area manufacturers, distributors, and users of the illegal drug methamphetamine in Central New York.

Authorities said that as purchasers of pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in the production of methamphetamine, those indicted personally purchased thousands of pseudoephedrine pills over the last two to three years, and received thousands of pills from individuals, known as “smurfs,” who bought the pills to trade for the finished product, methamphetamine, with the meth “cooks.”

The year-long drug investigation that resulted in the arrests was the result of a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York State Police, and law enforcement agencies in Madison, Oneida, and Oswego Counties. For years, state and local law enforcement have devoted tremendous resources and time to identifying and investigating methamphetamine manufacturing and use, only to discover that there is little or no methamphetamine left when the arrests are made.

Authorities said this new approach combines the work being done by law enforcement to
investigate the crimes with a powerful federal tool for prosecution that makes it a federal felony
to possess or distribute pseudoephedrine with the knowledge that it will be used to illegally
manufacture methamphetamine.

Each of the 24 individuals whose indictments are announced today, and who are listed below, have
been charged in a separate indictment alleging one count of this offense.

This joint investigation involved special agents and officers of the DEA Syracuse Resident
Office, the City of Oneida Police Department, the New York State Police, the Canastota Police
Department, the Oneida Indian Nation Police, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Offices of Oneida, Oswego, and Madison Counties. Also assisting in this investigation were the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Marshals Service. The prosecutions are being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Carl Eurenius.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico stated "I'd like to recognize the
impressive investigative efforts of our federal, state, county and local law enforcement partners
involved with this case. Today's indictments and arrests are the result of a tremendous amount of
intelligence, investigative and analytical work. These efforts, along with the support of the U.S.
Attorney's Office, will ultimately rid the community of methamphetamine and its associated
dangers."

DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge Wilbert L. Plummer stated, "Clandestine methamphetamine labs have surfaced again. In this case, it was through concerted efforts from the DEA, local and state law enforcement to identify those violating the laws and purchasing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to produce meth for their own use or for distribution. Meth abuse is a serious
problem that we are addressing throughout the state of New York and it is law enforcement's
responsibility to enforce the laws while working with our educators, treatment and prevention
partners to send the message to our community about the dangers of abusing this drug as well as all others."

Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley stated “ The combined efforts put forward by local police departments, sheriff’s offices, NYSP and federal agencies is a sign of how seriously we take the problem of meth labs. We have seen a growing number of meth lab dumps across the county. The
dangers of manufacturing meth and the disposal of the items used to manufacture creates a grave risk for any citizen that comes in contact with it. This raid today will hopefully send a clear message that law enforcement in Madison County will be making this a top priority.”

Those charged with possessing or distributing pseudoephedrine with the knowledge that it
will be used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine include the following:


From Madison County:

  • Thomas M. LaPlante, 45, Durhamville
  • Theresa M. Person, 49, Durhamville (still at large)
  • Tracy L Jennison, 39, of Chittenango
  • Theresa A. Strobeck, 30, of Blossvale
  • Frank A. Pennisi, 47, of Oneida
  • Todd C. Coleman, 42, Blossvale (still at large)
  • Leonard Seth Spadter, 32, of Canastota
  • Meagan N. Stimpson, 24, in state custody
  • Ronald E. McEathron, 36, in state custody
  • Joshua A. Drummond, 24, in state custody
  • Casey L. Spadter, 29, in federal custody


From Oneida County:

  • Kenneth W. McGuinness, 33, of Florence
  • Terry L. Ross, 51, of Florence
  • Laurie (Fuller) Burdick, 42, of Florence
  • Wanda Kingsley, 47, of Florence
  • Jessee L. Stevens, 24, of Annsville
  • Adam P. Wilson, 32, of Florence
     

From Oswego County:

  • Cy Rayder, 28, of Williamstown (still at large)
  • Andrew A. Rayder, 23, of Richland
  • Stephanie (Holt) Ostrander, 32, Mexico
  • Timothy S. Peck, 34, of Fulton
  • Laurie Gervais, 47, of Parish
  • Anthony R. Battles, 23, of Parish
  • William J. Corcoran, 35, in state custody


As of late Tuesday morning, 16 of the 24 defendants had been arrested by law enforcement
authorities and will appear before a United States Magistrate.

If convicted, they each face a term of imprisonment of up to twenty (20) years and a fine of up to $250,000. In addition to the drug charge, defendant Casey Spadter is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, which carries a penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

 

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