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Methamphetamine drug ring arrests made

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Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that a six-month joint investigation into the importation and distribution of crystal methamphetamine in Steuben County has led to the arrest of three people.

Approximately three pounds of crystal methamphetamine was found, valued at approximately $130,000.

Two residents were arrested, Dennis Jewell, 55, and Sheila Bates-Booth, 54, were arrested on a federal warrant for alleged possession and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

It is alleged that Jewell and Bates-Booth possessed over two pounds of methamphetamine, allegedly brought to New York State for distribution in Steuben County.

Jewell and Bates-Booth were remanded on a federal warrant to the Steuben County Jail with no bail.

Subsequent to these arrests, Deborah K. Padgett, 50, (not pictured) was also arrested on a federal warrant for alleged possession and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and is in federal custody.

This investigation successfully shut down an alleged distribution ring of crystal methamphetamine from Georgia to Steuben County in which an estimated 32 pounds of methamphetamine had been distributed within the Steuben County area.

The investigation is on-going and future arrests are pending.

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