JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge.
U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. says that Tracey Wynn, 38, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that between September 2018 and January 2019, the defendant was a drug trafficking associate of Douglas Beardsley and sold methamphetamine allegedly supplied by Beardsley.
Wynn typically received methamphetamine from Beardsley to sell two or three times a week. During the conspiracy, the defendant and Beardsley would communicate often about the operation, including through their Facebook accounts.
On four separate occasions, Wynn sold methamphetamine to an individual working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. On August 7, 2017, investigators executed a New York search warrant at the defendant’s residence and recovered a quantity of methamphetamine, approximately $347 in cash, drug paraphernalia, and mail. Also inside the residence, investigators identified items indicating children lived at the residence.
On October 23, 2019, Wynn committed a moving traffic violation and was stopped by a Jamestown Police officer. During the stop, the officer asked the defendant exit the vehicle. A search of the driver side area yielded two digital scales, one of which had crystal methamphetamine on it. Wynn was arrested at the scene for driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the jail, a bag of marijuana was found in the defendant’s sweatshirt pocket, and plastic bags of methamphetamine were found on her person.
Charges remain pending against Douglas Beardsley. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 13, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.