Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge

May 18, 2017

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-3900

Jury Convicts Schenectady Felon Of Drug Conspiracy

Distributed Crack and Heroin Next to Daycare

ALBANY, N.Y. -   - A jury voted today to convict William “True” Hilts, age 52, of Schenectady, New York, of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and heroin, and distribution of crack cocaine and heroin, following a four-day jury trial.

The announcement was made by James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA), New York Division and United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Hilts, who has numerous felony convictions for drug trafficking, faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of between 8 years and life, when he is sentenced on September 11, 2017 by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.  

The evidence at trial showed that, from October 2015 through February 2016, Hilts conspired with his nephew, Elijah Jones, to distribute crack cocaine and heroin from their shared residence on Paige Street, adjacent to a children’s daycare.  Law enforcement officers recovered more than 80 grams of crack cocaine and more than 600 bags of heroin during the investigation.  Jones pled guilty on May 10 to a conspiracy charge and faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison.

This case was investigated by the DEA Albany District Office and the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Wayne A. Myers and Joseph A. Giovannetti.

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