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Schenectady Man Sentenced to 120 Months on Drug and Firearm Convictions

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Rhamel G. Pate, age 40, of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for distributing cocaine base in Schenectady, as well as for possessing firearms in furtherance of his drug crimes.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his guilty plea, Pate admitted to working with others to distribute cocaine base out of a Schenectady apartment where he lived at the time. Pate also admitted to possessing, on the date of his arrest, a quantity of cocaine base, and four firearms and ammunition.

Pate was sentenced in Syracuse, New York, by Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue, who also imposed a 4-year term of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. Powers.

Updated October 19, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses