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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jury Convicts Albany Man of Intending to Distribute Heroin, Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

ALBANY, NEW YORK – A jury today voted to convict Dwayne G. Perkins, age 37, of Albany, of possessing and intending to distribute heroin, cocaine, and more than 28 grams of crack cocaine.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Evidence during the 3-day trial established that the FBI identified Perkins during the course of investigating another drug dealer, Tyrone D. Marshall.  FBI and other law enforcement executed a search warrant on Perkins’s Albany apartment on April 4, 2017.  An FBI Agent searched Perkins and found him to be hiding, in bags attached to his underwear, what turned out to be approximately 42 grams of crack cocaine, 36 grams of cocaine, and 7.5 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl.  Agents also seized, from the apartment, two digital scales and $1,746 in cash.

Perkins, who has four prior drug felony convictions, faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 8 years and up to life, when he is sentenced on January 21, 2019 by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino.  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.

Marshall, age 37, of Troy, New York, pled guilty on August 15, 2018 to conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in Albany and Rensselaer Counties, and will be sentenced by Judge D’Agostino on December 10.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police, the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the Albany Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Drug Trafficking
Updated September 19, 2018