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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Gun Charge

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

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Marquis Workman a/k/a Smurf, 27, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. the charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $250,000

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on June 2, 2021, investigators obtained a federal search warrant for a parcel addressed to the residence of Workman and his girlfriend Cameile Garrett on Beverly Road in Buffalo. Inside the parcel were two separate sealed bags of pills containing Methyl 2-(4-fluorophenyl)-2-(piperidin-2-yl) acetate, a controlled substance analogue. During the execution of a search warrant of the Beverly Road residence on June 4, 2021, investigators recovered quantities of cocaine, adinazolam, carisoprodol, clonazepam, $5,753 in cash, a scale consistent with the weighing and measuring narcotics, a loaded handgun, a loaded revolver handgun, and two long guns. 

Cameile Garrett was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division. 

Sentencing is scheduled for October 19, 2022, before Judge Sinatra.

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Updated April 27, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses