Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Antasia Babcock, 28, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of acetyl fentanyl; 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; 400 grams or more of fentanyl; and 500 grams or more of cocaine. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua A. Violanti and Misha Coulson, who are handling the case, stated that Babcock conspired with others, including co-defendant Jun Martinez, to sell cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin in the Jamestown area. Martinez arranged to receive the narcotics via mail from a source out of state. In mid-September 2020, Martinez traveled out of state to acquire more narcotics in-person and was pulled over by an Illinois State Police Trooper. During a search of his vehicle, law enforcement officers recovered approximately 6,359 grams of methamphetamine, 3,157 grams of fentanyl, 2,241 grams of cocaine, and marijuana products. While Martinez was detained on Illinois state charges, Babcock continued the narcotics distribution in Jamestown. On October 16, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at the Wescott Street residence that Babcock shared with Martinez and recovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a plastic packaging sealer machine, a drug ledger, and approximately $62,255 in U.S. currency.
Jun Martinez was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Jamestown Police Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Buffalo District Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy Foley, New York Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 21, 2022, before Judge Sinatra.