Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

Raymond P. Donovan, Special Agent in Charge

March 07, 2019

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-2906

Heroin/fentanyl dealer charged in federal drug indictment

Derek Damuth Charged with possessing with the intent to distribute over 40 grams of a fentanyl and heroin mixture

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Derek Damuth, 25, of Lowville, N.Y., was charged today by a federal grand jury with possessing with the intent to distribute in excess of 40 grams of a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, along with possessing additional amounts of cocaine and marijuana, announced DEA New York Division Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Lewis County District Attorney Leanne K. Moser, and Acting New York State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett.


The charges in the indictment carry a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of up to forty years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000,000, along with a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least four years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.


The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


The defendant is currently incarcerated on state charges, and will make his initial appearance on today’s charges on March 12, 2019, before United States Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks.


This case is being investigated by the DEA Syracuse Resident Office and the New York State Police, with assistance from the Lewis County District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine A. King.


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