Fredonia residents among 14 indicted in meth conspiracy

Jamell Trapp

BUFFALO — Two Fredonia residents were among the 14 indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for their alleged role in a methamphetamine conspiracy in the Jamestown area dating back to over a year.

Named in the indictment were Jamell Trapp and Marcus Bowman, both 27-year-old Fredonia residents. A detailed criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo months ago stated that Trapp was a member of a multi-state drug trafficking organization suspected of moving large quantities of methamphetamine from Fredonia into the Jamestown area.

It was with this knowledge that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service obtained a search warrant June 15 after intercepting a package addressed to Trapp’s home. It wasn’t the first time prosecutors said Trapp used the mail to ship drugs. On Dec. 29, 2016, Trapp reportedly received 7.9 ounces of methamphetamine and 15.13 ounces of marijuana in a package delivered from UPS.

According to the criminal complaint, after postal inspectors found the methamphetamine, an electronic transmitting device was inserted into the package with fake product.

Bowman eventually received the package after meeting the postal inspector in the parking lot.

About two minutes later, the transmitter emitted a high-frequency signal that alerted members of the investigation team that the parcel had been opened.

The criminal complaint states as police attempted to enter the home, Trapp and Bowman tried to push the door shut. Both were eventually taken into custody.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said during the execution of search warrants throughout the investigation of the defendants, law enforcement officers recovered 10 firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition, over 20 cellular telephones, drug paraphernalia, and U.S. currency. Defendants were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer.

Defendants Trapp, Danny W. Michael III, Jamestown; Destiny J. Hare, Randolph; Andrew C. Bennett, Jamestown; Searcy E. Fields, Jamestown; Michael A. Davis, Jamestown; Stacie N. Yancer, Jamestown; Ramael O. Fields, Jamestown; and Zackiel Fields, Jr., Jamestown are being detained. Defendants Bowman, Ernest Cauley, Jr., Jamestown; Jacob A. Motherwell, Jamestown; Alexis V. Hall, Jamestown; and Stephanie Harrison were released on conditions.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine. Some defendants are also facing other charges including: possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine; using and maintaining a drug-involved premises; possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking; and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The indictment 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 James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of 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.