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Schuyler County Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charges

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

         ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that   Chad Speicher, 29, of Beaver Dams, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that the defendant, together with co-conspirators Shawn Rickard and John Barton, as well as others, conspired to manufacture methamphetamine in Millport, N.Y., from 2009 to May 18, 2011.  On this date, members of the New York State Police, Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office, Village of Watkins Glen Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a state court-authorized search warrant at John Barton’s residence based on an ongoing investigation.

            In a shed on Barton’s property, law enforcement officers discovered an active methamphetamine laboratory which was in the process of producing methamphetamine, as well as methamphetamine and powder substances which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine. In the same shed, law enforcement officers also recovered multiple firearms, one of which was a handgun which officers located in Barton’s backpack, along with methamphetamine and over $8,000 in U.S. Currency. Officers also recovered marijuana from the house located on the property. 

            John Barton was sentenced to 180 months in prison on September 24, 2013. Shawn Rickard was sentenced to eight years in prison on September 18, 2013.

            The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Joseph Fazzary, Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Brian R. Crowell, Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Division, New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), under the direction of Major Wayne C. Olson, the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff William Yessman, and the Watkins Glen Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas R. Struble.




Updated December 3, 2014