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Rochester Meth Trafficker Going To Prison

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 Trini E. Ross announced today that Joseph Marchione, 51, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, was sentenced to serve 72 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who handled the case, stated that on January 5, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers in Anchorage, Alaska, intercepted a FedEx parcel originating from China and addressed to Joseph Marchione, which contained approximately eight kilograms of 1,4 butanediol (BD), a controlled substance analogue of Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB). Homeland Security Investigations conducted a controlled delivery of the parcel to Marchione’s apartment in Rochester on January 21, 2021. After Marchione accepted the package, agents entered the residence and executed a search warrant. During the search, they seized 225 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 1,327 grams of Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which is also similar to GHB, digital scales, new and unused plastic baggies, numerous new and unused glass vials, and approximately $19,400.00 in cash. Marchione was taken into custody.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino, the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector-in-Charge Ketty Larco-Ward, Boston Division, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Interim Chief David Smith.     

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Updated January 25, 2022

Drug Trafficking