Two Steuben County men have been sentenced for their roles in a Southern Tier methamphetamine ring. 32-year-old Jared Mendez of Bradford will serve nearly four years in federal prison, while 48-year-old Terry Champion, also of Bradford received a 5-year prison term.
Prosecutors say the men were part of a 17-person meth ring that operated in Schuyler, Chemung, and Steuben Counties from June of 2012 through May of 2016.
The group’s ringleader, 40-year-old Scott Kennedy of Beaver Dams, was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison last month.
TWO MEN SENTENCED IN CONNECTION TO METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jared Mendez, 32, of Bradford, NY, who was convicted of theft of anhydrous ammonia with knowledge it would be used to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. In addition, Terry Champion, who was convicted of possession of a listed chemical with knowledge it would be used to manufacture a controlled substance, was sentenced to 63 months in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Katelyn M. Hartford, who handled the case, stated that between June 2012, and May 4, 2016, Mendez and Champion conspired with Scott Kennedy and others to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.
During the course of the conspiracy, Scott Kennedy distributed large amounts of methamphetamine with and to people throughout the area of Schuyler, Chemung, and Steuben Counties in New York. During that time, Kennedy received the assistance of numerous co-conspirators who provided him with supplies with the intent that he would use those supplies to manufacture methamphetamine. Between July 2015 and October 2015, Jared Mendez stole anhydrous ammonia and sold it to Kennedy.
Between January 2016, and May 4, 2016, Terry Champion obtained quantities of pseudoephedrine and sold it to Scott Kennedy. In addition, on January 22, 2016, Champion possessed approximately 182 pseudoephedrine pills for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Co-defendant Wendy Kennedy has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing. Charges are pending against co-defendant Quinton Harrison. 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 sentencings are the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, Special Investigations Unit, Rochester; the New York State Police, CNET Southern Tier, under the direction of Major Richard Allen; the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of William Yessman; and the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Joseph Fazzary.