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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Batavia Man Sentenced For Methamphetamine Trafficking

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Gordon L. Montgomery, 57, of Batavia, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that the charges resulted from a joint federal, state and local investigation, which revealed that Montgomery was responsible for traveling to California on two occasions in 2007 and obtaining quantities of methamphetamine from Richard W. Mar, the President of the Hell’s Angels, Monterey (CA) Charter, and transporting the methamphetamine back to the Western District of New York, where it was distributed to others.  The defendant made the trips to California on behalf of two other co-conspirators, James H. McAuley, Jr., then the Vice President of the Hell’s Angels, Rochester Charter, and McAuley’s wife, Donna Boon. McAuley and Boon sent Montgomery on both trips, paying for his airfare and paying him a $1,000 fee for each trip. The defendant obtained and transported between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine on the two trips.

This case is part of a larger investigation that resulted in the indictment and arrest of members and associates of the Rochester and Monterey (California) Hell's Angels for drug trafficking and racketeering-related offenses in February 2012. Seven defendants were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  All of the defendants – Mar; McAuley, of Oakfield, NY; Boon, of Oakfield, NY; Jeffrey A. Tyler, of Rochester; Richard E. Riedman, of Webster, NY; and Paul Griffin, of Blasdell, NY – have been convicted of  drug trafficking offenses based on their roles in the methamphetamine conspiracy.  Judge Siragusa sentenced Griffin to probation and Riedman to 37 months in prison, and the remaining defendants are awaiting sentencing.  

Rochester Hell's Angels member Robert W. Moran, Jr. a/k/a Bugsy, of Rochester, was convicted of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity. Gina Tata, of Rochester, was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity. Another defendant, Timothy M. Stone, of Gates, NY, was convicted of being an accessory after the fact to the assault, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gary T. Maha, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth, the City of Batavia Police Department, under the direction of Chief Sean Shawn Heubusch, and the Village of LeRoy Police Department.

Updated May 5, 2016