October 25, 2018
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
15th defendant indicted in Jamestown meth ring arraigned
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Acting Special Agent in Charge Keith Kruskall, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has indicted Henry Stovall, Jr., on charges of methamphetamine conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine, and using and maintaining a drug-involved premises. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Stovall was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being detained.
The defendant was named in a 42-count indictment along with 14 other defendants, including:
- Zackiel Fields, Jr.;
- Ernest Cauley, Jr., a/k/a L.A., a/k/a Ernie;
- Jamell Trapp, a/k/a K.S.;
- Ramael Fields;
- Stephanie L. Harrison;
- Marcus Martin Bowman;
- Danny W. Michael, Ill;
- Alexis V. Hall;
- Destiny J. Hare;
- Andrew C. Bennett;
- Searcy E. Fields;
- Jacob A. Motherwell;
- Michael A. Davis; and
- Stacie N. Yancer.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Astorga and Emmanuel Ulubiyo, who are handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, all 15 defendants are accused of operating a drug trafficking organization, primarily involving methamphetamine, in the Jamestown area since March 2017.
During the execution of search warrants throughout the investigation, law enforcement officers recovered 10 firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition, over 20 cellular telephones, drug paraphernalia, and U.S. currency.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the DEA Buffalo Resident Office, and the Jamestown Police Department
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.
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