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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 – Doron Tucker, age 26, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute fentanyl, possessing and intending to distribute fentanyl and marijuana, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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

Tucker admitted to conspiring to sell pills containing fentanyl in Troy and Schenectady between June and October 2020.  At first, he supplied his co-conspirator, Darren Favreau, with fentanyl pills, which Favreau personally sold to purchasers.  Favreau and Tucker then shared the sale proceeds.  After Favreau was arrested in August 2020, Tucker personally sold fentanyl pills to purchasers.

In executing a search warrant at Tucker’s apartment in Schenectady in October 2020, law enforcement seized marijuana, a digital scale, approximately $8,000 in cash, and a loaded .40 caliber handgun.  Tucker’s black BMW, which was parked outside the apartment, contained 386 fentanyl pills, more marijuana, and another digital scale.  Tucker also personally possessed about $1,000 in cash.  Tucker admitted to possessing and intending to sell the fentanyl pills and marijuana and to possessing the handgun to protect his fentanyl, marijuana, and drug proceeds. 

At sentencing, Tucker faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million on the drug charges.  The gun charge carries a mandatory 5-year term of imprisonment and a maximum term of life, which must be imposed consecutively to any other term of imprisonment.  Tucker will be required to serve at least 3 years and up to a life term of supervised release. 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.

DEA investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 7, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses