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Forestport Man Sentenced On Firearms And Drug Trafficking Charges

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 William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Mitchell Parrott, 43, of Forestport, NY, who was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking activity, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that on March 9, 2012, the New York State Police received a telephone call reporting a suspicious odor and unusual activity at a residence on Stewart Road in Horseheads, NY.  The caller also told police that there was an open window with a box fan blowing in the upstairs front window. The temperature was approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Troopers responded to the address and contacted Parrott who was inside the residence with his girlfriend. Troopers could see a box fan blowing air out of a second floor window and the air smelled like ether. Through the windows of the house, troopers could also see parts of a laboratory, including plastic tubing, cans of starter fluid, used to manufacture methamphetamine.
 
Troopers obtained a search warrant and seized, among other things, more methamphetamine, parts to a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory and a Squires Bingham .22 caliber rifle from the residence.  Troopers also seized a Savage .223 caliber rifle and a safe containing over $9,000.00 in US currency in a truck parked in the driveway. 

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, and the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Major David Krause.

Updated February 26, 2016