Batavia man Gordon L. Montgomery, 57, pleaded guilty recently in front of U.S. District Judge Charles K. Siragusa for conspiracy to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, 50 grams of methamphetamine. Montgomery faces a minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of $2 million, according to The Daily News.
The case is part of a larger investigation which involved the indictment and arrest of several Hell’s Angels members, located in Rochester, N.Y. and in Monterey, C.A., for drug trafficking and racketeering offenses. The indictments and arrests were made back in February 2012.
According to The Batavian, authorities found that Montgomery had agreed to fly to California and obtain methamphetamine from a Hell’s Angels leader in the city of Monterey. James H. McAuley (who was the Vice President of the group’s Rochester chapter at the time) and his wife Donna Boon reportedly paid Montgomery for two such trips in 2007. He returned to New York State with 500 grams the first time and 1.5 kilograms the second time. According to the Buffalo News, Montgomery admitted in his guilty plea that both flights were paid for by the couple and that he was also paid an extra $1,000 per trip.
The couple requested that Montgomery travel again in 2012, but he was caught by the authorities before doing so.
The investigation has involved both state and federal authorities and has been ongoing for the past three years. It seems that authorities may have had trouble showing ample evidence for certain individuals’ indictments because the drug distribution ring operated in two different states located on either side of the country.
For drug dealers, selling a stimulant like methamphetamine can become a very lucrative business. There are very few effective treatments available for stimulant addictions, so buyers of these drugs provide a fairly consistent consumer base.
Several other individuals have been arrested, convicted, and/or sentenced for their involvement in the trafficking ring and in related charges of racketeering.
Montgomery’s sentencing date is scheduled for May 3 at 10:45 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.