Schenectady Man Sentenced to 21 Months on Fentanyl Conviction
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Anthony M. DeRose, age 24, a/k/a “Gus,” of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for possessing and intending to sell less than 2 grams of furanyl fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith.
United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino ordered that DeRose’s 21-month sentence start only after he finishes a term of imprisonment he is currently serving for a state attempted assault conviction. Judge D’Agostino also imposed a 3-year term of supervised release, to begin after DeRose is release from prison.
On August 21, 2017, Schenectady County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested DeRose on an outstanding warrant. They searched him and found, inside his right pants pocket, one clear plastic bag containing 145 smaller white bags or envelopes, each of which contained furanyl fentanyl. As part of his guilty plea, DeRose admitted that he intended to distribute the furanyl fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid that has been a Schedule I controlled substance since November 29, 2016.
This case was investigated by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.