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Cheektowaga man pleads guilty to drug charge


BUFFALO -- Thirty-five-year-old Jason Yelder of Cheektowaga pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a fine of $5,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that on March 20, 2016, Yelder was arrested for driving with a suspended license. The defendant’s vehicle was searched by Hamburg Police and more than 23 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and large amounts of U.S. currency were 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 14.