Sheriff Allard: Meth Ring Broken Up

April 13, 2019

STEUBEN COUNTY, NY – Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that two residents of Covington, Georgia, and a Pennsylvania woman, are accused of trying to bring about three pounds of Crystal Meth into Steuben County, worth approximately $130,000. The three suspects are: Deborah K. Padgett, 50, Elkland, Pennsylvania, Shelia Bates-Booth, 54, Covington, GA, and Dennis J.Jewell, 55, Covington, GA. Padgett was taken into custody by federal officials. Bates-Booth and Jewel are in Steuben County Jail, without bail.

According to Sheriff Allard, the three arrests were a result of a 6 month long investigation between the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Unit, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Corning Police. The sheriff also noted that it’s estimated that 32 pounds of meth had been distributed by this drug ring, in the Steuben County area.