Man Pleads Guilty Federally To Meth Distribution Charge

BUFFALO – An Apple Valley, Ca. man pleaded guilty Friday to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine after he allegedly sold a quantity of methamphetamine for $800 cash during a controlled buy in October 2016, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.
James H. Bess, Jr., 63, faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and an $8 million fine.
During a search of Bess, Jr.’s vehicle, officers reportedly recovered three bags of methamphetamine. Officers also searched a room at the Red Roof Inn in Falconer, which Bess had previously rented. During that search, officers reportedly recovered two additional bags of methamphetamine.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt.
Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.