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niagara falls man sentenced on drug conspiracy charge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Keith Crossley, 39, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 37 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that on May 3, 2012, Crossley was found in a mobile home at 314 Quain Place, in the Town of Niagara when members of the Niagara County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant. Inside the home, officers found an active methamphetamine lab in the kitchen. Officers also seized precursor chemicals and ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine, a loaded 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun, shotgun shells, a digital camera, and drug paraphernalia and spent blister packs from the pseudophedrine tablets.

            Co-defendants Jason Hannon, 38, was sentenced to 63 months in prison and Robert Gardiner, 29, was sentenced to one year in prison. Another co-defendant, Roberta Hannon, 45, has been convicted on similar charges and is awaiting sentencing.

            The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell, New York Field Division and the Niagara County Drug Enforcement Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff James Votour.


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