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2017-05-18 / Local News

Town man pleads guilty on ‘conspiracy to sell meth’ charge

A town resident is facing prison time after pleading guilty to drug charges last week, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

Jason Yelder, 35, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years and a $5 million fine, after pleading guilty on May 10 before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, on March 20, 2016, Yelder was arrested for driving with a suspended license. His vehicle was searched by Hamburg police, and more than 23 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale and large amounts of money were reportedly seized.

Yelder was advised of his rights, waived his rights, and admitted to police that he was going to sell the methamphetamine to another co-conspirator, authorities said.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Hamburg Police Department, the Amherst Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Yelder is scheduled for sentencing on Monday, Aug. 14.

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