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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Herkimer County Man Sentenced For Operating A Massive Marijuana Grow Operation

SYRACUSE, NY – Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announces that COREY LEITZ, age 42, of Frankfort, New York, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Syracuse to 151 months, followed by 5 years supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Leitz had previously pled guilty to a onecount information charging him with knowingly manufacturing over one thousand (1000) marijuana plants.

As part of the plea LEITZ admitted the following:

From August 2011 until December 14, 2011, LEITZ did knowingly manufacture marijuana plants at 162 McIntyre Road, Frankfort, New York. LEITZ set up and maintained a marijuana manufacturing operation inside a barn at this location. By December 14, 2011, LEITZ had successfully grown 3200 marijuana plants. LEITZ then sold the marijuana he manufactured to numerous customers in Herkimer County and elsewhere.

This marks the second felony drug conviction for Leitz who has a prior felony drug conviction in 1998 in Herkimer County.

This prosecution resulted from a joint investigation undertaken by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York State Police, and the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Brown. Further questions may be directed to Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan at (315) 448-0672.

Updated January 29, 2015