Six people in Cortland County face federal drug charges related to methamphetamine production

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Sixteen people face federal charges related to methamphetamine production, including six Cortland County residents, authorities announced Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 16 people were arrested in connection with federal indictments charging them with possessing pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter drug, knowing that it would be used to make methamphetamine.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and terms of supervised release of up to three years. All of the charged defendants are residents of Broome, Cortland, and Tioga Counties.

“These cases illustrate our continuing commitment to combating the alarming proliferation of small, clandestine methamphetamine ‘laboratories’ that use pseudoephedrine and caustic chemicals and solvents in a process that endangers the participants and the environment and yields a poisonous product that harms users, families, and communities," Acting U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith said in a statement. "There is hope in the remedial and preventive effects of strong enforcement, along with education regarding the harmful effects of methamphetamine, the need for treatment for users, and the importance of contacting law enforcement when a meth lab is suspected.”

Tyler Brobeck, 27, Cortland
Alysia M. Brobeck, Cortland
Pamela Lackner, 48, Cortland
Timothy Duff, 38, Cortland
Samantha B. Albanese, 32, Truxton
James E. Duff, 39, Truxton

Other people listed in the indictment were:

Warren J. Zeilman, 56, Vestal, NY
Lisa K. Zeilman, 52, Vestal, NY
William J. Richards, 39, Johnson City, NY
Kurtis H. Richards, 20, Johnson City, NY
Charles A. McNeilly, 50, Whitney Point, NY
Donald W. Moshier, 39, Whitney Point, NY
Corey R. Mangan, 30, Lisle, NY
Troy D. Clark, 40, Whitney Point, NY
Mervin R. Clark, 63, Glen Aubrey, NY
Lindy S. Clark, 34, Glen Aubrey, NY

The cases are being investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-Syracuse Resident Office, the New York State Police, the United States Marshal’s Service, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Cortland Police Department, the City of Ithaca Police Department and the Broome County Special Investigations Unit, which includes the City of Binghamton Police Department, the Broome County Sheriff’s Department, the Town of Vestal Police Department and the Village of  Endicott Police Department, with assistance from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric.