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Elmira Methamphetamine Dealer Pleads Guilty

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Robert J. Fairbanks, Jr., 58, of Lowman, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that Fairbanks was arrested on September 16, 2022, after the New York State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at his County Road 60 residence in Lowman.  During the search, investigators recovered approximately 1,449 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, $3,961.00 in U.S. currency, a 12-gauge shotgun, and 29 rounds of 12-gauge ammunition.

The conviction was the culmination of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak, the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kristen Thorne, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 7, 2023, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

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Barbara Burns


Updated August 8, 2023

Drug Trafficking