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Scio woman sentenced in meth conspiracy


Buffalo -- Elizabeth J. Schreiber, 37, of Scio, who was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and distribute, a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan T. Cullinane, who handling the case, stated that between January of 2011 and late 2014, the defendant conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Schreiber, in an effort to avoid restrictions on purchasing significant quantities of products containing pseudoephedrine—an integral ingredient in the methamphetamine manufacturing process, purchased only small quantities of such products at local pharmacies.  The practice is referred to as “smurfing.”

A total of 12 people have been arrested as part of this conspiracy, Schreiber is the 10th defendant to be convicted.