WENY News - Three plead guilty in connection to Southern Tier drug ring

Three plead guilty in connection to Southern Tier drug ring

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ROCHESTER, NY (WENY) - Three people have pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection to a Southern Tier drug ring.

Scott Kennedy, 40, Jared Mendez, 32, and Terry Champion, 48, all pleaded guilty to varying charges in connection to an alleged drug ring running in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

Kennedy, Champion, Mendez, along with multiple others were arrested last summer as part of a major drug bust. 

According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kennedy conspired with others to make and distribute methamphetamine between June 2012 and May 2016. The Assistant U.S. Attorney says Kennedy personally made large amounts of meth at his home in Catlin and on the property maintained by his sister, Wendy Kennedy, in the Town of Dix. 

Scott Kennedy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. He faces a minimum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison. Kennedy also faces a potential $20 million fine.

Prosecutors say Kennedy had help from many co-conspirators. Mendez pleaded guilty to stealing anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used to make meth, and selling it to Kennedy between July 2015 and October 2015. He’s facing up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Champion pleaded guilty to getting pseudoephedrine and selling it to Kennedy between January 2016 and May 2016. He also had 182 pseudoephedrine pills in his car when he was pulled over in Steuben County in January 2016.

Scott Kennedy is scheduled to be sentenced on November 20th, Terry Champion on November 30th, and Jared Mendez on December 1st.

Charges are still pending against Wendy Kennedy and another co-defendant Quinton Harrison.

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