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Schenectady Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ocyris Morgan, age 36, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty today to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Craig L. Tremaroli, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), made the announcement.

Morgan admitted that he intended to sell the 21.4 grams of methamphetamine law enforcement seized from his house on June 1, 2023, and when he overheard agents saying they found between one-half and one ounce of methamphetamine, Morgan corrected them, “21.7, to be exact.”  Morgan also admitted to receiving $10,130 over the course of 12 instances in which he sold a total of 93 grams of methamphetamine and 50 grams of cocaine base to several customers.  He further admitted to possessing a firearm and bullet proof vest.

When sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes, Morgan faces a mandatory prison term of at least 5 years and up to 40 years, a fine of up to $5 million, and a term of 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.

The FBI’s Capital District Safe Streets Task Force – made up of FBI Special Agents, as well as members of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including the Schenectady Police Department – investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Reiner is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 4, 2024

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