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Cohoes Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Obstruction of Justice Charges

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Andrew O’Connor, age 36, of Cohoes, New York pled guilty today to distributing methamphetamine in Cohoes, New York, and conspiracy to tamper with records. 

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and, Ketty Larco-Ward, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), made the announcement.

As part of his guilty plea today, Andrew O’Connor admitted that he distributed ounce-quantities of methamphetamine in Cohoes in March, April, and June 2022, and had a shipment of over one pound of methamphetamine sent to him around June 15, 2022. Investigators with USPIS and FBI intercepted the package and seized the methamphetamine. O’Connor also admitted that, after his arrest, he contacted a co-conspirator to make arrangements to have the co-conspirator factory reset and remote wipe several of O’Connor’s cell phones.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 23, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Anne M. Nardacci.  At sentencing, O’Connor faces a minimum sentence of ten years and maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million dollars, and a post-imprisonment term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life.  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 USPIS, and the FBI’s Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin C. Segovia is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 25, 2023

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