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Elmira Man Going To Prison For 10 Years On Meth Conviction

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

CONTACT: Barbara Burns   
PHONE:       (716) 843-5817 
FAX #:          (716) 551-3051  

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Lamar Thompkins, 35, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to serve 121 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who handled the case, stated that Thompkins arranged for over four kilograms of methamphetamine to be shipped from California to a private residence in Elmira, the owner of which had recently died. A video camera at the residence captured Thompkins affixing a fake name to the mailbox. Members of the Elmira Police Department and New York State Police were alerted to the incoming drug parcel and were conducting surveillance on the residence when they observed Thompkins and another individual retrieve the package and attempt to drive away from the location in a vehicle. Law enforcement officers pulled the vehicle over and obtained a search warrant. Approximately 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine was recovered from the drug parcel. 
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Anthony Alvernaz, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Barry Chase, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division. 
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Updated June 7, 2022

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