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Rochester man and woman indicted on drug charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a five-count indictment charging Charles Darwin Fitzgerald, 39, and Amber Lynn Snover, 23, both of Rochester, N.Y., with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of Schedule I Controlled Substance Analogues and maintaining a drug related premises. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000 or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, between September 2011 and July 25, 2012, the defendants conspired to possess with intent to distribute Alpha-PVP, Pentedrone and AM2201, which are all Schedule I controlled substance analogues. The indictment also charges the defendants with maintaining four drug related premises for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing and using Alpha-PVP, Pentedrone and AM2201: 

•             21 West Hills Estate, Rochester;
•             420 Emporium Store, 14 Market Street, Brockport, N.Y.;
•             420 Emporium Store, 400 Ellicott Street, Batavia, N.Y.;
•             420 Emporium Store, 1475 East Henrietta Road, Rochester. 

The indictment also includes two forfeiture allegations which seek the forfeiture of the following property upon conviction of the controlled substances offenses alleged in the indictment: $771,109 in cash seized on July 25, 2012 from 21 West Hills Estates, Rochester, and the property at 21 West Hills Estates. 

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge New York Field Office, and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Major Wayne C. Olson.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.