News Release
October 15, 2010
Erin McKenzie-Mulvey
Public Information Officer
(212) 337-2906

7 People Arrested and Charged with Conspiring to Grow and Distribute Marijuana in Wayne and Cayuga Counties

OCT 15 -- (BUFFALO, NY) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that early this morning, 7 people across Western New York were arrested and charged with a wide variety of federal narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses. The arrests were based upon a federal indictment charging them with conspiring to grow 1,000 or more marijuana plants and with possessing with intent to distribute and to distribute marijuana. The charges carry a minimum term of ten years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $4,000,000.

The following individuals are charged with conspiring to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and to possess with intent to distribute and distribute marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substances:

Allan Snyder- 34 of Martville, NY

Bethlyn Felix- 31 of Martville, NYPatrick Graham- 23 of Savannah, NYDaniel Mettler- 44 of Wolcott, NYSteven Cayea-  25 of Wolcott, NYAllen Snyder, 62 of Savannah, NY

Michael Welch- 36 of Savannah, NY

The indictment also charges Allan Snyder, Bethlyn Felix and Daniel Metler with possessing firearms in furtherance of the drug trafficking crimes for which they are charged. If convicted on these gun charges, the three defendants face a term of imprisonment of at least 5 years and up to life, to run consecutively to any other sentence imposed against them in this case.

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of two residences in Cayuga and Wayne Counties used in connection with the marijuana conspiracy, approximately $10,100 in cash and approximately 60 firearms seized during the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Everardo A. Rodriguez, who is handling the case, stated that the charges stem from a long-term investigation into the growing and trafficking of marijuana in Wayne and Cayuga counties. During the course of the investigation, two large marijuana grow locations were discovered in Wayne County. The investigation was conducted by the Rochester Office of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Wayne County Narcotics Enforcement Team, Macedon Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police and the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force.

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.