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Schenectady Felon Sentenced to 30 Months for Firearm, Marijuana Convictions

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Forfeits More Than $400,000 in Drug Proceeds

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Muhammad Coleman, age 42, of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon, and for possessing and conspiring to distribute marijuana.

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

In previously pleading guilty, Coleman admitted that he conspired to sell marijuana from his Schenectady residence from at least May to October 2021.  He also admitted to possessing about 20 pounds of marijuana, and to possessing a 10 mm Caspian Arms handgun, when the DEA searched his house on October 21, 2021.  Coleman was not permitted to possess this firearm as a result of a prior drug felony conviction.

Coleman agreed to forfeit, as proceeds of the marijuana conspiracy, $319,387 in U.S. currency, and nine items of jewelry collectively worth more than $100,000, which the DEA seized on October 21, 2021.

This case was investigated by the DEA’s Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, which includes DEA Special Agents and investigators from state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Saratoga Springs Police Department, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Updated August 4, 2022

Asset Forfeiture
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses