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

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Massena Felon Sentenced to 180 Months for Gun and Drug Crimes

ALBANY, NEW YORK - Jevar Sturridge, age 25, and a citizen of Jamaica residing in Massena, New York, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for possessing heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine with the intent to distribute them, and for possessing a loaded handgun and shotgun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also ordered that Sturridge serve an 8-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.

As part of his April 10, 2018 guilty plea, Sturridge admitted that on February 15, 2017, he possessed 48 grams of crack cocaine, 42 grams of powder cocaine, and 42 grams of heroin in his apartment in Massena.  Sturridge, who has 2 prior drug felony convictions, further admitted to possessing, in his apartment, a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun and a loaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, in order to guard against the potential theft of his drugs and drug proceeds.

This case was investigated by HSI, the Massena Police Department and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Kopita and Emmet O’Hanlon.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Updated August 25, 2018