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Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Meth Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Terrence M. McRae, 40, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on September 6, 2019, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a New York State search warrant at the residence of Richard Kinsey on Newland Avenue in Jamestown. Before the execution of the warrant, investigators observed co-defendants Richard Kinsey and Brandi Whitford arrive and enter the residence. A short time later, the defendant and another individual entered the residence. As investigators moved into the residence to begin executing the search warrant, they observed McRae exit the residence to a second story porch roof. The defendant was subsequently detained.

During the execution of the search warrant, investigators recovered nine plastic wax baggies with skull and Viking hat logos, methamphetamine, marijuana, three suspected alprazolam pills, two cellular telephones, and a black scale. 

Charges remain pending against co-defendants Richard Kinsey and Brandi Whitford. 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, under the direction of Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings.

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.

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