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Jamestown Woman Sentenced For Allowing An Alleged Drug Dealer To Conduct His Drug Trafficking Operation Out Of Her Residence

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

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Chelsey Hunt, 30, of Jamestown NY, who was convicted of maintaining a drug-involved premises, was sentenced to time serve and three years’ probation by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua A. Violanti and Misha Coulson, who handled the case, stated that between January and December 2018, Hunt rented the second floor of a residence on Linden Avenue in Jamestown. While living there with her children, Hunt allowed co-defendant Douglas Beardsley to live in the attic. Beardsley conducted a methamphetamine and heroin trafficking operation from the attic. Hunt took an active role in assisting the operation, such as helping with Beardsley’s customers and providing information about police activity around the residence. Hunt also sold small amounts of narcotics for Beardsley and purchased narcotics for her personal use as well. 

Charges remain pending against Douglas Beardsley. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

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Updated November 24, 2021

Drug Trafficking