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Armed Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty

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

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Demetrius Jackson, 43, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated that Jackson was arrested after police officers served a court-authorized search warrant at his residence on Wadsworth Street in Rochester, and found controlled substances and a loaded firearm. 

While searching the location, police officers found a green container with 10 small zip-lock bags of cocaine in a bedroom which Jackson later admitted belonged to him.  In the same bedroom, secreted in a crawl space, officers found a Taurus .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun which was loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition. In the living room, officers found a black container with additional quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana.  A digital scale, typically used to weigh drugs for distribution, was located on a kitchen counter.

Jackson spoke with officers after he was arrested and admitted he was selling cocaine through a window in the residence. He said he had been selling cocaine for several weeks to earn money and acquired the handgun by exchanging cocaine for it.

The matter was brought by the United States Attorney’s Office as part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative.  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

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Updated April 10, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses