Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge

January 25, 2018

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-3900

Man Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison For Making Meth

BUFFALO, N.Y. - James J. Hunt, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA), and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Zackery D. Billings, 27, of Mount Morris, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, was sentenced to 36 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that between January of 2011 and October 25, 2011, the defendant conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. In order to avoid restrictions on the purchase of pseudoephedrine, an important chemical in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, Billings engaged in the practice of “smurfing” (buying small quantities) at local pharmacies.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division; the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement (CNET), under the direction of Lieutenant Kevin Reyes and Major David Krause; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Region; the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; the Wellsville Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy O’Grady; U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Steven Oldman; and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, under the direction of Captain John Burke.


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