Schenectady Felon Admits to Possessing Fentanyl and Cocaine Base for Distribution, and Possessing Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Cedric L. Hudson, Jr., 36, of Syracuse, New York, is charged in a federal indictment filed today alleging he possessed a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli.
Hudson was previously charged by a federal criminal complaint and made his initial appearance on October 21, 2022, before United States Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter. Hudson is detained without bail pending a trial. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The charge filed against Hudson carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. 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 is being investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the New York State Police (NYSP), with assistance from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.