Schenectady Man Indicted for Distributing Heroin and Crack Cocaine
ALBANY, NEW YORK – William Hale, a/k/a “Man,” age 44, of Schenectady, New York, was arraigned yesterday on charges that he distributed heroin and crack cocaine.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the indictment, Hale distributed heroin on July 14, 2016 and distributed more than 28 grams of cocaine base (a/k/a crack cocaine) on November 18, 2016. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If convicted, Hale faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, as well as a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 8 years and up to life. 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.
Hale was arraigned yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart. Today, Judge Stewart ordered Hale detained pending trial.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.