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Amsterdam Man Admits to Selling Gun and Drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Carlos Vega-Carbonell, 36, of Amsterdam, New York, pled guilty today to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon and distributing heroin, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

As part of his guilty plea, Vega-Carbonell admitted he sold a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, five shotgun shells, and 30 bags of heroin during an ATF undercover operation in the City of Amsterdam, New York, on November 14, 2018.  Vega-Carbonell had a felony conviction at the time.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 4, 2019, in Albany, New York, at which time Vega-Carbonell faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of to $250,000.00 for the firearm and ammunition conviction and up to 20 years in prison, a one million dollar fine, and a term of supervised release between three years and life for the heroin conviction.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with assistance from the City of Amsterdam (New York) Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick.

Updated August 11, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses