Rochester man sentenced on drug and gun charges
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Herit Melendez, 36, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted following a jury trial of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that Melendez was arrested in a bedroom after members of the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at 27 Glasser Street on May 27, 2011. During the search, officers found and seized cocaine, heroin, marijuana and paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking. Officers also located a .22 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber rifle in the location, as well as $534.00 in U.S. currency.The sentencing resulted from an investigation on the part of the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team composed of law enforcement personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Scott Heagney, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief James M. Sheppard.