Onondaga Reservation resident pleads guilty to drug and money laundering charges


Date: June 30, 2021

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Syracuse, New York — Robert Printup, a resident of the Onondaga Reservation in Onondaga County, New York, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute marijuana and launder drug proceeds, and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Gregory S. Oakes, Oswego County District Attorney.

As part of his guilty plea, Printup admitted that between February 2017 and July 2017, he received bulk quantities of marijuana from a source of supply who illegally imported marijuana from Canada to northern New York. Printup distributed the marijuana he received to customers in the Syracuse area and sent some of the proceeds back to his source of supply. In pleading guilty, Printup admitted he distributed at least 241 kilograms (approximately 530 pounds) of marijuana.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 3, 2021, before Senior District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy in Binghamton, New York, at which time Printup faces a minimum sentence of 5 years, with a maximum of up to 40 years, a fine of up to $5,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life. A defendant's sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case was investigated by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), the Syracuse Police Department-Special Investigations Division, and the Oswego County Drug Task Force, comprised of Special Agents of HSI, members of the City of Oswego Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff's Office, Investigators from the Oswego County District Attorney's Office, the SUNY Oswego Police Department, and Agents of the U.S. Border Patrol. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.