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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 16, 2023
Carla B. Freedman
, United States Attorney

Syracuse Man Sentenced to 151 Months for Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Michael Griswold, age 37, of Syracuse, was sentenced yesterday to serve 151 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Frank A. Tarentino III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division, made the announcement.

As part of his plea, Griswold admitted that, on Nov. 9, 2022, he possessed over 500 grams of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside a bag in his bedroom closet. Griswold also admitted that he intended to distribute the methamphetamine to others.

U.S District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also ordered that Griswold serve a 5-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the DEA, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Syracuse Police Department and the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica N. Carbone prosecuted the case.


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