Elmira drug dealers sentenced to several years in federal prison

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Two more convicted drug dealers from Elmira have been sentenced to several years in federal prison for their role in a large Elmira drug ring.

Anthony J. Prettyman, 28, of Elmira was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue, was sentenced to serve more than 10 years in federal prison

Dwayne Banks, 30, of Elmira was sentenced to serve nine years in federal prison for his conviction on the same offenses.

Prettyman and Banks were part of a large-scale opioid manufacturing and trafficking organization that operated in the Southern Tier of New York between 2015 and May 2017.

As members of the organization, Prettyman and Banks were mid-level dealers of blue pills containing furanyl fentanyl and U-47700 in the Elmira area. The blue pills were manufactured by the leaders of the organization – Robert Ian Thatcher and Maximillian Sams – and made to look like legitimate 30 milligram Percocet pills.

Prettyman admitted to selling pills to various customers, including a 21-year-old female who ultimately died of drug overdose from using the pills.

In addition, Prettyman admitted to smuggling more than 5,300 pills containing furanyl fentanyl to North Carolina in October 2016. Prettyman was caught by the Iredell County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office transporting the pills in the false bottom of a fake paint can.

To date, 16 members and associates of the opioid manufacturing and trafficking operation have been convicted of federal narcotics offenses, and seven defendants have been sentenced.

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