Constable Woman Sentenced to 10 Years for Marijuana Conspiracy
Defendant Smuggled Thousands of Kilograms of Marijuana from Canada into the United States for Over a Decade
PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Stacie Demers, age 54, of Constable, New York, was sentenced yesterday to serve 120 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, for her role in a large-scale marijuana distribution conspiracy.
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Demers was convicted following a 3-day trial in January 2016. The evidence at trial demonstrated that Demers, who lived on the Canadian border in Northern New York, worked with members of her family and other co-conspirators to smuggle thousands of kilograms of marijuana from Canada and into the United States. After the loads of marijuana crossed the border, Demers stored the marijuana in a shed behind her home and in other places. The marijuana was then picked up by drivers who transported it to street-level marijuana dealers throughout the Eastern United States.
This case was investigated by the DEA, New York State Police, and United States Border Patrol, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine E. Kopita and Cyrus P.W. Rieck.