BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Chelsey Hunt, 29, of Jamestown NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. to maintaining a drug-involved premises. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $500,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua A. Violanti and Misha Coulson, who are handling the case, stated that between January and December 2018, the defendant rented the second floor of a residence on Linden Avenue in Jamestown. While living there with her children, Hunt, in violation of the terms of her lease, allowed co-defendant Douglas Beardsley to live in the attic. Beardsley conducted his methamphetamine and heroin trafficking operation from the attic.
Hunt took an active role in assisting the operation, such as helping with Beardsley’s customers and informing about police activity around the residence. The defendant also sold small amounts of narcotics for Beardsley and purchased narcotics for her personal use as well.