Three Schuyler County residents pleaded guilty in federal court in Rochester for their roles in a methamphetamine ring.
40-year-old Scott Kennedy, of Beaver Dams, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 5-HUNDRED grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. He faces a minimum of 20 years to life in prison and a 20-MILLION dollar fine.
32-year-old Jared Mendez, of Bradford, admitted to the theft of anhydrous ammonia with knowledge it would be used to manufacture meth. He faces 8 years behind bars and a 250-THOUSAND dollar fine.
48-year-old Terry Champion, also of Bradford, faces up to 10 years in prison and a 250-THOUSAND dollar fine after pleading guilty to possession of a listed chemical with knowledge it would be used to manufacture a controlled substance.
The three will be sentenced later this year.
According to authorities, the meth manufacturing ring operated from June 2012 to May 2016 with Kennedy distributing large amounts of the drug to people in Schuyler, Steuben and Chemung Counties. He manufactured the drug at his home in the town of Catlin and at property belonging to his sister, Wendy Kennedy, in the town of Dix. Charges against her are pending.