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Ithaca Man Sentenced to 156 Months on Drug Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Odell, Tindley, age 31, of Ithaca, New York was sentenced yesterday to serve 156 months (13 years) in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances (methamphetamine and cocaine) in Watertown, New York. 

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo, New York Field Office; and Jefferson County District Attorney Kristyna S. Mills made the announcement.

As part of his previous guilty plea, Tindley admitted that he distributed 83 grams (over two ounces) of cocaine in Watertown on May 25, 2021, and arranged for delivery of a large quantity of methamphetamine later the same day. Investigators of the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force interdicted a car driven by a coconspirator of Tindley as it entered Watertown late in the evening of May 25, 2021. A search of this vehicle resulted in the recovery of 904 grams (just under 32 ounces) of methamphetamine and approximately a pound of marijuana.

Tindley was also sentenced to a 5-year term of supervised release following completion of his federal prison sentence.

At the time of his arrest on his federal drug charges, Tindley was residing in Watertown as part of a mandated pre-sentence drug rehabilitation program stemming from his guilty plea to a New York State felony drug charge in Tompkins County Court. On October 6, 2022, Tindley was sentenced to serve two-years in state prison for that offense. 

The case was investigated by the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force, consisting of Special Agents from U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Border Patrol Agents, Detectives from the Watertown Police Department, Detectives from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and Investigators from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Tuck prosecuted the case.

Updated March 1, 2024

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