March 17, 2015
The U.S. Attorneys Office have announced that 13 suspects from the area have been indicted by a federal grand jury, for allegedly making and possessing with intent to sell meth.
The suspects are:
• Michael E. Hasert, 60, of Scio, NY;
• Lionel C. Carter, 58, of Wellsville, NY;
• Todd E. Varney, 31, of Wellsville, NY;
• Bradley J. Hollenbeck, 34, of Andover, NY;
• Patrick J. Danielewicz, 34, of Friendship, NY;
• Sarah J. Greene, 37, of Wellsville, NY;
• Elizabeth J. Schreiber, 35, of Scio, NY;
• Michael C. Mullen, 34, of Hornell, NY;
• Timothy J. Billings, 30, of Wellsville, NY;
• Justin L. Billings, 32, of Wellsville, NY;
• Jordan R. Doane, 26, of Friendship, NY;
• Zackery D. Billings, 25, of Springwater, NY;
• Derek Fagan, 30, of Wellsville, NY
The U.S. Attorneys Office noted that Michael Hasert of Scio is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug involved premises, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of firearms. Also, Timothy and Justin Billings are also facing charges of maintaining a drug involved premises and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz says that between January 2011 and late 2014, the suspects went around “smurfing”. That means buying small quantities at local pharmacies to get around restrictions on purchasing products containing a meth ingredient called pseudo ephedrine. The Drug Enforcement Administration, CNET (The State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Wellsville Police Chief Tim O’Grady and Wellsville Police, Border Patrol and the D.E.C., all worked on these arrests together.