PLATTSBURGH — A New Jersey man will be sentenced for conspiring to distribute large amounts of heroin in the Plattsburgh area.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice Northern New York Division, Keith M. Moses, 31, of Paterson, N.J. pled guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin.

Moses admitted that between Dec. 1, 2017 and Sept. 5, 2018, he supplied approximately 455 grams of heroin for distribution in Plattsburgh, the release said.

On approximately 65 occasions, Moses sent heroin through the U.S. Mail from New Jersey to a co-conspirator in Plattsburgh. Each of these packages contained, on average, 4.6 grams of heroin.


Additionally, Moses transported larger supplies of heroin on at least three occasions from New Jersey to the co-conspirator in Ulster County, New York. Each of these packages contained, on average, 23 grams of heroin.

On approximately 20 occasions, the release said, the co-conspirator traveled to New Jersey to meet with Moses and receive heroin. Each of these packages contained, on average, 4.6 grams of heroin.

The co-conspirator distributed the heroin in the Plattsburgh area and returned a portion of the drug proceeds to Moses.

Moses faces at least 5 years, and up to 40 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5 million, when he is sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. on October 15, 2019.

A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statutes the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors, according to the Justice Department release.


The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; Joseph Cronin, Inspector in Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Boston Division; and Plattsburgh City Police Chief Levi J. Ritter.

"Without question this shows the reason why we have these task forces, " Ritter said.

"They truly help keep a community like ours safe."


Ritter said it would be difficult for the Plattsburgh Police Department to investigate as far away as New Jersey, but by being a part of a joint effort with federal divisions, makes a big difference.

"It really helps us keep these kinds of drugs out of our community," he said.

The case was investigated by the DEA, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Plattsburgh City Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer. 

Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.

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