MOUNT MORRIS – A federal judge sentenced a Mount Morris resident to prison for allegedly playing a part in the making and selling of meth.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo sentenced Zackery Billings, 27, to 36 months in federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, said that between January 2011 and Oct. 25, 2011, the defendant conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.
In order to avoid restrictions on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, an important chemical in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, Billings engaged in the practice of ‘smurfing’ (buying small quantities) at local pharmacies.
The press release said that the sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division; the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Reyes and Major David Krause; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Region; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Wellsville Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy O’Grady; U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Steven Oldman; and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, under the direction of Captain John Burke.