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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Massena Drug Dealer Sentenced to 24 Months

ALBANY, NEW YORK –William Rochefort, age 21, of Massena, New York, was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 24 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for his role in a drug trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine in Massena.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian; James C. Spero, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Adam Love, Chief of the Massena Police Department.

The sentence followed Rochefort’s February 25, 2016 guilty plea.

U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino sentenced Rochefort for participating in the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine that was transported from New York City to Massena.

This case is the result of a year-long investigation led by HSI’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) in Massena, which consists of law enforcement officers from the Massena Police Department, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police, and which receives assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the District Attorneys of Clinton, Franklin, and St. Lawrence Counties, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department, the Oneida Indian Nation Police, U. S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Potsdam Police Department, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Surete du Quebec, and the New York Attorney General’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Kopita and Douglas Collyer.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 28, 2016