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Rensselaer Man Admits to Distributing Fentanyl Pills

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Shawn Pondillo, age 26, of Rensselaer, New York, pled guilty today to distributing fentanyl. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Acting Special Agent in Charge Timothy Foley, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his guilty plea, Pondillo admitted that he sold a quantity of “M 30” blue pills containing a mixture of fentanyl to another person on March 1, 2021 in Rensselaer County.     

As a result of his conviction, Pondillo faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, when he is sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby on June 9, 2022.  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 the Rensselaer Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Williams. 

Updated February 10, 2022

Drug Trafficking