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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 10, 2022

Tompkins County Man Sentenced to Twenty Years in Prison for Federal Drug and Firearms Charges

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Shameek Halls, age 31, of Tompkins County, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years in federal prison for his convictions for trafficking crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced 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).

Halls was also ordered to forfeit ownership of the currency, ammunition and firearms seized during this case and, also, serve a 5-year term of supervised release following his prison sentence. 

As part of his guilty plea, Halls admitted that he was responsible for selling crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl on numerous occasions in Broome County in New York’s Southern Tier from 2018 through 2019. Further, on November 14, 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their partner agencies seized  three handguns, an AR-15 style weapon and ammunition from Halls. As part of his guilty plea, Halls admitted that he possessed firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force (BCSIUTF), comprised of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Binghamton Police Department, Johnson City Police Department and Endicott Police Department, as well as by the New York State Police Violent Gang Narcotic Enforcement Team (VGNET) and the New York State Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Grabowski. 

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Updated February 10, 2022