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Date: 09-12-2019

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United States of America v. Jacob Ebel

Case Number: 1:17-cr-00036-MAD

Judge: Mae A. D'Agostino

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Albany County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Michael Barnett

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Albany, NY - Columbia County Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Two Overdose Deaths

Jacob Ebel, age 32, of Niverville, New York, pled guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges, and admitted that he distributed heroin and fentanyl to two people who took these drugs and then died in Columbia County in July 2016. He agreed to be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith stated: “Jacob Ebel was a merchant of death whose heroin and fentanyl killed two people in less than three weeks. Thanks to the quick and thorough work of our law enforcement partners, Ebel is being held responsible for his crimes and the pain and suffering he inflicted on two families. We will continue to pursue those who peddle this poison, while also maintaining our robust education and outreach efforts aimed at turning the tide of opiate addiction.”

State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett stated: “I commend our members at Troop K and our law enforcement partners for bringing this perpetrator to justice. Jacob Ebel had absolutely no regard for his victims, instead selling them a dangerous and deadly mix of illegal drugs just to make a profit. We have absolutely no tolerance for those who destroy lives, families and communities for their own personal gain.”

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett stated: “There should be zero tolerance for those who peddle poison on our streets. These dealers are killers and we will continue to work with our federal and state law enforcement partners to bring them to justice for their heinous behavior. I thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York State Police, Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office who all worked collaboratively to deliver justice in this case.”

In pleading guilty, Ebel admitted to selling heroin, fentanyl and other controlled substances, from 2014 through July 26, 2016, in Columbia County.

Ebel admitted to dealing heroin and fentanyl first to a man identified as S.B., who overdosed on July 3, 2016 and died five days later, and then to a woman identified as S.S., who overdosed and died on July 23, 2016.

S.B., age 29, overdosed and was found unconscious in Niverville on July 3, 2016, less than a mile from Ebel’s house. A State Police investigation established that prior to the overdose, S.B. had had extensive text message communications with Ebel, and that Ebel had sold heroin and fentanyl to S.B. at about 2:15 p.m. on July 3, 2016, several hours before S.B. was found unresponsive. Inside S.B.’s vehicle, State Police located a folded, yellow sticky note with heroin and fentanyl, and “4-0” written on the outside – the amount of money that S.B. told the defendant he had in the text message conversations.

Ebel and S.B. were friends. Ebel knew that S.B. had died, but he kept dealing heroin and fentanyl.

On the morning of July 23, 2016, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a house in Stuyvesant, New York, and found S.S. dead. Sheriff’s Investigators found three folded sticky notes in a small plastic bag on her bed; the notes contained heroin and fentanyl. The CCSO investigation established that Ebel had sold heroin and fentanyl to S.S.’s husband in the days prior to S.S.’s death, and that S.S., age 19, had taken these drugs and died.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant on Ebel’s house in the early morning hours of July 26, 2016. Investigators seized about 16 grams of heroin and fentanyl that Ebel intended to sell. Ebel was arrested that day and has been in custody ever since.

In his plea agreement, Ebel agreed to be sentenced to 216 months, or 18 years, in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino will decide whether to accept or reject the recommended sentence on or before the January 8, 2019 sentencing date. If Judge D’Agostino does not agree with an 18-year sentence, Ebel would be allowed to withdraw his plea and the case would proceed to trial.

This case was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the New York State Police-Troop K and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the office of Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.


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21:846=CD.F -- CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
(1)
21:841(a)(1),(b)(1)(C) --Possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, with death resulting from the use of the controlled substance.
(4)

Outcome: 09/11/2019 69 RULE 11(c)(1)(C) PLEA AGREEMENT as to Jacob E. Ebel. (ban) (Entered: 09/11/2019)
09/11/2019 TEXT Minute Entry for Change of Plea Hearing as to Jacob E. Ebel held on 9/11/2019 before U.S. District Judge Mae A. D'Agostino: Appearances by Michael Barnett, AUSA for the Government; Danielle Neroni, Esq. (CJA) for the defendant; and PO Penet; The defendant is sworn, advised of rights, maximum penalties (rule 11(c)(1)(C) plea agreement),and questioned by the Court; A written Rule 11(c)(1)(C) Plea Agreement is handed up for filing; The parties agree to a sentence of 216 months imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and $200.00 special assessment - The plea agreement is handed up for the Court for consideration at sentencing; Plea entered by Jacob E. Ebel (1) Guilty Count 1 & 4 of Indictment 1:17-cr-36 MAD; Counts 2-3 of the Indictment are to be dismissed at the time of sentencing; Counsel for the Government and counsel for the defendant address the Court; The Court accepts the defendant's plea of Guilty to Counts 1 and 4; The Court directs probation to prepare and submit a presentence investigation report; Sentencing is set for January 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. in Albany before Judge D'Agostino; The defendant is Remanded. (Court Reporter Theresa Casal, CRD Britney Norton [Time 10:13 a.m. - 10:47 a.m.]) (ban) (Entered: 09/11/2019)
09/11/2019 70 GUIDELINE ORDER as to Jacob E. Ebel: The Sentencing of Jacob E. Ebel is set for 1/8/2020 at 09:30 AM in Albany before U.S. District Judge Mae A. D'Agostino. Government Sentencing Memo Deadline 12/18/2019, Defendant Sentencing Memo Deadline 12/18/2019. Signed by U.S. District Judge Mae A. D'Agostino on 9/11/2019. (ban) (Entered: 09/11/2019)

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