Defendant In Jamestown’s “Operation Meltdown” Pleads Guilty

2018 mugshot, by Jamestown Police.

BUFFALO – A City of Jamestown woman arrested in “Operation Meltdown,” a 2018 methamphetamine ring, plead guilty in Federal Court Monday.

U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Stacie N. Yancer, 39, plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five grams or more of methamphetamine.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Astorga and Emmanuel Ulubiyo said that between November 2017 and June 14, 2018, Yancer conspired with others to operate a drug trafficking organization, primarily involving methamphetamine, in the Jamestown area.

On January 10, 2018, and March 8, 2018, the defendant sold methamphetamine to an individual working with the Jamestown Drug Task Force.

On March 12, 2018, a search warrant was executed at 22 Bassett St. During the search, the Yancer was arrested in the back bedroom. Investigators also recovered quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine; and Suboxone strips, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Yancer was charged along with 14 other defendants part of “Operation Meltdown,” she is the second to be convicted.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

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