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Lewis County Man Sentenced for Controlled Substances Offenses

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Charles W. Whitcher, age 41, of Port Leyden, New York, was sentenced On October 13, 2021 in federal court to 51 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to distribution and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of Pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug-involved premises. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

Whitcher was previously convicted in federal court, in 2003, for his involvement in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

As part of his previously entered guilty plea, Whitcher admitted that between August 2019 and September 2019, he distributed methamphetamine he had manufactured in his home using the “one pot” method, which uses Pseudoephedrine and other ingredients to produce methamphetamine that Whitcher would then distribute in exchange for cash or more Pseudoephedrine.

In addition to the 51-month term of imprisonment, Chief United States District Judge Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby imposed a term of 6 years of supervised release which will follow the term of incarceration. 

This case was investigated by the DEA, the Lewis County Drug Task Force, the Lewis County District Attorney’s Office, the Lewis County Sherriff’s Office, and the New York State Police and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian S. LaRochelle.

Updated October 15, 2021

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