Rochester man sentenced on drug charges
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Joseph Schmidt, 31, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 700 to 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, was sentenced to 97 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant and six co-defendants were arrested in January 2013. Schmidt the other defendants distributed significant quantities of marijuana which was obtained from various sources, including the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation in the Northern District of New York. The defendant also maintained sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operations at 48 Crystal Valley Overlook, in Henrietta, N.Y., and 598 Culver Parkway, in Rochester, both of which were searched by police in July 2011. Schmidt will forfeit the Henrietta home, as well as cash proceeds and nine firearms. Schmidt is the first defendant to be sentenced for his role in the drug conspiracy.