Columbia County Man Sentenced to 37 Months for Heroin and Fentanyl Dealing
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Timothy J. Simpson, Jr., age 41, of Philmont, New York, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Columbia County.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett.
In pleading guilty, Simpson admitted that between April 2017 and March 2018, he purchased heroin and fentanyl from a supplier residing in the Bronx, New York. Simpson and the supplier, Saul E. Pacheco,regularly met in the parking lot of a casino in Yonkers, New York. They met so that Pacheco could resupply Simpson with heroin and fentanyl – typically between 40 and 60 grams per meeting. After being supplied with heroin and fentanyl, Simpson drove back to Columbia County and sold the drugs to customers.
On March 22, 2018, Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped Simpson as he was driving on Route 9H in the Town of Claverack, Columbia County. Simpson was driving back from a meeting with Pacheco in Yonkers.
Deputies located two bags, each containing a powder substance, wrapped in black electrical tape, which Simpson had hidden above his car’s muffler. One bag contained approximately 56.1 grams of heroin. The other bag contained approximately 11.4 grams of fentanyl.
On September 10, 2019, Pacheco was sentenced to 5 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.