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Two Elmira men sentenced on drug charges

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - Two Elmira men were sentenced to several months behind bars for their role in a drug trafficking ring.

Edward Barrett, 27, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 100 grams or more of a fentanyl analog, was sentenced to serve 90 months in prison.

Dusty Pemberton, 24, was sentenced to 70 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 10 grams or more of a fentanyl analog.

The two were part of a drug ring in the Southern Tier of New York that operated between 2015 and May 2017. Barrett and Pemberton were street-level dealers of blue pills containing furanyl fentanyl 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.

Thatcher was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his role as the ring's leader.

Barrett and Pemberton each admitted to selling pills to various customers, including both a 21-year-old female and a 25-year-old male, respectively, who ultimately died of drug overdoses.


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