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Amsterdam Man Sentenced to 37 Months on Heroin and Fentanyl Conviction

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Edwin Rodriguez, a/k/a “Chaka,” age 31, of Amsterdam, New York, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for possessing and intending to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and City of Amsterdam Police Chief John “JJ” Thomas.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 4-year term of supervised release, to begin once Rodriguez is released from prison.

On May 15, 2019, Rodriguez was the subject of a traffic stop in Amsterdam.  In pleading guilty, he admitted that he was stopped while driving to meet a drug customer to whom he planned to sell 100 grams of heroin. As Amsterdam Police Officers were arresting Rodriguez for driving with a suspended license, a vacuum-sealed bag of powder fell out of his pant leg.  The bag contained 100.3 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

Also on May 15, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Rodriguez’s Amsterdam residence.  In the apartment’s kitchen, they found an empty bleach bottle, with a hidden compartment containing 1.78 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, which Rodriguez intended to sell.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Amsterdam Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Updated July 20, 2020

Drug Trafficking