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Utica Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Anulfo Fernandez Admitted Selling More Than One Kilogram of Heroin in 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Anulfo Fernandez, age 42, of Utica, New York, pled guilty today to possessing and intending to distribute heroin in the Utica area in 2019, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his guilty plea, Fernandez admitted that in 2019, he repeatedly sold heroin, and that those sales totaled more than one kilogram.  Fernandez further admitted that he stored and packaged his drugs at a vacant apartment in Utica, and that on December 11, 2019, he had nearly 400 grams of heroin at that location, which he intended to sell.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2022 in Syracuse.  At sentencing, Fernandez faces a prison term of at least 5 and up to 40 years, a fine of up to $5 million, and a term of supervised release following incarceration of between 4 years and life.

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 was investigated by the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, the New York State Police, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Utica Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistants U.S. Attorney Nicolas Commandeur and Matthew McCrobie.

Updated October 22, 2021

Drug Trafficking