News Release
For Immediate Release:
August 03, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Salem Man Charged with Meth Distribution

AUG 03 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Hartford has returned an Indictment charging CHARLES EDWARD ZEMKO, 60, of Hartford Road, Salem, with one count of possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of Methamphetamine.  The Indictment was returned on Tuesday, July 28.

According to statements made in Court, in October 2008, the Drug Enforcement Administration was advised by the Connecticut State Police that a package containing what was believed to be narcotics was delivered to an incorrect address and surrendered by the unintended recipient.  On October 9, 2008, law enforcement made a controlled delivery of the resealed package to the addressee, “A NET Enterprises, Atten Chuck,” at ZEMKO’s home address.  ZEMKO accepted receipt of the package, which laboratory analysis has revealed contained 54.9 grams of 70 percent pure Methamphetamine concealed within framing material.

Following his arrest yesterday, ZEMKO appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford and was released on a $200,000 non-surety bond.

If convicted of the offense charged in the Indictment, ZEMKO faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years, and a fine of up to $2 million.

Acting U.S. Attorney Dannehy stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Connecticut State Police.