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A Corry man who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in 2020 has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. 

Jerry J. Roneker Jr., 43, was observed in his vehicle by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies crossing the center line on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua, New York, at about 2:54 a.m. on March 9, 2019.

A traffic stop was conducted, at which time a smoking pipe, two large chunks of suspected methamphetamine and $10,210 were found in the vehicle, along with suspected ecstasy pills, packaging materials, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia, Xanax pills, MDMA pills, Suboxone strips and two hypodermic needles. 

A pat down of Roneker found a loaded 9mm handgun, which, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, was reportedly stolen from the Warren area.

In the car with Roneker was Lyndsey A. Sventek, of Corry, who was also arrested.  

Roneker pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of meth before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo in November 2020.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced on April 30 that Roneker was sentenced by Vilardo to 120 months in prison. 

The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Misha A. Coulson. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James Quattrone, and the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan of the New York Field Division. 

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