A Massena man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after admitting that he took part in a conspiracy that brought drugs from New York City for distribution in the Massena area.
Ian D. Hendricks, 19, whose last known address was 31 Ransom Ave., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Albany, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances. In addition to a prison term, he could face up to a $5 million fine at sentencing May 28.
According to a plea agreement filed with the court, Mr. Hendricks used a residence at 48 Woodlawn Ave. as a stash house for the organization, which allegedly moved large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin from New York City to Massena from sometime in 2012 until Sept. 26, when Mr. Hendricks, Matthew Malu, Star Perrin and Tremel Rosario were arrested.
In the plea agreement, Mr. Hendricks claims that Mr. Malu and Mr. Rosario coordinated the organizations efforts to get drugs from dealers in New York City. Once the drugs reached Massena, the two allegedly arranged for them to be stored at various stash houses, including Mr. Hendrickss home.
Mr. Malu or Mr. Rosario allegedly provided Mr. Hendricks drugs several times each week on a consignment basis. According to the plea agreement, Mr. Hendricks developed a customer base in Massena, selling cocaine and heroin. After he sold the drugs, he allegedly shared the proceeds with Mr. Malu and Mr. Rosario.
On Sept. 11, Mr. Rosario allegedly called Mr. Hendricks and told him that he was sending him a package, with Mr. Hendricks understanding that the package would contain drugs for distribution in the Massena area. On Sept. 13, the package was seized by law enforcement at the Massena Post Office. The package contained 27 grams of crack, 29 grams of cocaine and 117 grams of heroin, all packaged for individual sale.
Charges remain pending against Mr. Malu, Mr. Rosario and Miss Perrin, with a trial scheduled to begin in the matter April 28 in Albany.