ALBANY, NEW YORK – Daniel Scotsross, 30, of Schenectady, New York, today pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a hallucinogen similar to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and manufacture of firearms guilty of violating the State Firearms Act.
U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.
Scotsross admitted that he had accepted a package addressed to him at his Schenectady residence, which contained what Scotsross had expected, namely over 10 kilograms of bark containing DMT. Quantities of liquid DMT were found at Scotsross’ home after a search warrant was executed at his home. He admitted that he owned the DMT because he intended to distribute it to others.
Scotsross also admitted owning two firearms, specifically a combination of parts designed and intended for converting firearms into machine guns. He also owned a 3-D printer and instructions on how to make firearms with the printer.
Scotsross faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million and an supervised release of at least 3 years after the sentence if he is convicted on June 8, 2023 before the United States Circuit Glenn T. Suddaby The A defendant’s sentence will be imposed by a judge based on the particular law that the defendant is alleged to have violated, US sentencing guidelines, and other factors.
This case was investigated by HSI, the United States Postal Inspection Service and Customs and Border Protection with assistance from the Schenectady Police Department, the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police Crime Scene Emergency Response Team and is being prosecuted by the Deputy US Attorney Ashlyn Miranda.