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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Orleans County Sentenced For Distributing Methylone

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Allen M. Young, 40, of Barker, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute methylone, was sentenced to 200 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who handled the case, stated that between October 21, 2011, and December 13, 2012, the defendant conspired with Peter Viera to obtain methylone from China, which Young then distributed. On December 13, 2012, while members of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force were attempting to execute a search warrant on Young and his car, he fled at a high rate of speed before crashing the car in Ridgeway, NY. Young fled the scene on foot. Nine rounds of .50 caliber ammunition were found in the car. As he fled, the defendant discarded a backpack near the scene of the crash which contained 1.8 pounds of methylone and just over one pound of marijuana.

Young was subsequently arrested in Erie, Pennsylvania on February 14, 2013. On April 5, 2013, officers executed a search warrant at his residence and seized seven firearms belonging to the defendant.

Peter Viera was also convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison. 
The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, under the direction of District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone and Sheriff Randall Bower, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division.

Updated October 6, 2016