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Schenectady Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Offenses

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Dujuan Pleasant, age 35, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty today to distributing crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

As part of his plea, Pleasant admitted that he distributed more than 100 grams of crack cocaine to another person in 2016. While executing a search warrant at Pleasant’s home, DEA found an Arminius .22. caliber revolver, a Kel-Tec .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun, 33 rounds of ammunition, several digital scales, as well as cocaine and MDMA (commonly marketed as ecstasy). Pleasant admitted that he kept both firearms in his residence to protect his drugs and drug money.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 13, 2017 in Albany, before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. Pleasant faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $5 million, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 4 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.

This case was investigated by the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Myers.

Updated June 15, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses