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Jury Convicts Brooklyn Man of Intending to Distribute Large Quantities of Cocaine and Marijuana

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK - A jury today convicted Oniel McKenzie, age 37, of Brooklyn, New York, of possession with intent to distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana found in Rensselaer County. 


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).


The jury’s verdict followed a 3-day trial before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. The evidence at trial showed that on October 4, 2013, McKenzie possessed 60 kilograms of cocaine in an apartment in North Greenbush, and more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in a storage unit he rented in Rensselaer, New York, and in a Jeep he was driving.


McKenzie faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, at least 5 years and up to lifetime post-imprisonment supervised release, and a fine of up to $10,000,000 when he is sentenced on February 1, 2018 by Judge 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.


This case was investigated by the DEA and its Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Hanlon.


Updated October 4, 2017

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