Skip to main content
Press Release

Syracuse Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Firearm Crimes

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Rodney Sumlin, 37, of Syracuse, pled guilty today to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

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

As part of his guilty plea, Sumlin admitted that on November 8, 2022, he knowingly possessed 108 grams of cocaine at his residence in Syracuse, which he intended to distribute to others. Sumlin further admitted that at his residence he also possessed a loaded .45 caliber pistol, which he possessed in furtherance of his drug-trafficking.

At sentencing, Sumlin faces up to life in federal prison, a maximum fine of $1,000,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 3 years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statutes the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

DEA investigated the case, with assistance from the Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. McCrobie is prosecuting the case.

Updated August 11, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses