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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Elmira Man Sentenced For Selling And Importing Synthetic Drugs

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Ronald Tuttle, 44, of Elmira, NY, who was convicted of conspiracies to import and distribute narcotics, and importation and attempted possession of a narcotic following a jury trial, was sentenced to 97 months in prison by U.S.  District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jennifer M. Noto and Douglas E. Gregory, who handled the case, stated that the defendant imported hundreds of grams of MDPV, a synthetic drug similar to methamphetamine, over the internet from China between November 2011 and February 7, 2013.  Tuttle used Western Union to send money orders to China to pay for the drugs. Once the defendant received the imported drugs, he then distributed the MDPV to others for resale.  Tuttle, who testified at trial in September 2014, claimed that he was importing and selling the weight-loss supplement Sensa. During sentencing Judge Geraci called the defendant’s trial testimony “incredible.”  

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

Updated January 6, 2015