Georgia Couple Arraigned on Federal Methamphetamine Charges
Defendants Allegedly Conspired to Manufacture and Distribute Meth in
PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Billy Slick and Danielle Trombly Slick appeared in federal court in Plattsburgh, NY this morning and pleaded not guilty to charges related to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, and New York State Police Troop B Headquarters Bureau of Criminal Investigations Captain Robert S. LaFountain. The two-count indictment alleges that they conspired to manufacture, to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Clinton County and elsewhere from approximately 2011 through June 2013. The indictment also charges Billy Slick with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute it. The defendants were detained pending trial, which is currently scheduled for January 5, 2014, in Syracuse, NY.
United States Attorney Richard Hartunian said, “The scourge of drugs like methamphetamine is devastating to individuals, their families and our neighborhoods. We continue to do everything possible to keep these drugs out of our communities. I commend the collaborative law enforcement efforts in this case.”
“Not only did law enforcement locate, arrest and bring back Mr. and Mrs. Slick to New York to face drug charges, they identified how the couple used the one-pot method to produce and distribute methamphetamine throughout the North Country,” stated DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt. “Simply put- methamphetamine use and production result in explosions, fires, hazardous waste, addiction and associated crimes. I would like to thank our federal, state and local law enforcement partners whose relentless efforts led to their arrest, extradition and arraignment.”
New York State Police Captain Robert LaFountain said, “The New York State Police extends our sincere gratitude to United States Attorney Richard Hartunian and our law enforcement partners for their efforts in this investigation. The Slicks' criminal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine in Clinton County resulted in numerous area residents becoming addicted to this devastating drug. This will hopefully send a clear message to drug dealers that law enforcement will work diligently to investigate and apprehend those that engage in this criminal behavior.” If convicted of Count 1, the conspiracy charge, the maximum penalties the Slicks each face include: a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years; a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years; a fine of $5,000,000; and up to lifetime supervised release. If convicted of Count 2, possession with the intent to distribute, the maximum penalties Billy Slick faces include: a term of imprisonment of 20 years; a $1,000,000 fine, and lifetime supervised release.
The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York State Police, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program of New York and New Jersey, the Plattsburgh Police Department, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office, and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Kopita is prosecuting the case.
All charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.