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Schenectady Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Andrew Deleon, age 27, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl, and to the distribution of methamphetamine.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Frank A. Tarentino III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and Ketty Larco-Ward, Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), made the announcement.

Deleon admitted that he received multiple packages in the U.S. Mail that he knew contained controlled substances and intended to give the controlled substances to the leader of his drug trafficking organization. Deleon further admitted that he also distributed methamphetamine on behalf of the organization. As part of the conspiracy, Deleon distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute approximately 1,827.18 grams of pure methamphetamine and 10.68 grams of fentanyl.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2024 before United States District Judge Anne M. Nardacci. Deleon faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, and a supervised release term of at least 3 years and up to life, to begin he finishes his prison term. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

Three other defendants charged as part of this conspiracy have pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and to the distribution of methamphetamine, and are scheduled to be sentenced as follows:

  • Melissa Karwan, age 37, of Schenectady, New York, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 16, 2024.
  • Flor Arencibia, age 39, of Albany, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7, 2024.
  • Stefanie Plass, age 37, of Schenectady, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2024.

The DEA and USPIS investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ashlyn Miranda and Joshua Rosenthal are prosecuting the case.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Updated March 14, 2024

Drug Trafficking