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Utica Man Arrested for Distributing MDMA, Methamphetamine, and Xanax

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Ryan Orts, age 31, of Utica, New York, appeared today in federal court on an indictment charging him with distributing ecstasy (MDMA), methamphetamine, and Xanax, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The charge filed against Orts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least three years and up to life.  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.

Orts was arraigned today before United States Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter, and released pending trial before Chief United States District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew D. Beaty.

Updated December 9, 2020

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