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Fentanyl Dealer 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 Trini E. Ross announced today that Eddie Wilson, 24, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who is handling the case, stated that during the summer of 2021, Homeland Security Investigations and the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team began investigating Wilson’s drug trafficking activities after learning that he sold fentanyl to an individual, who then overdosed on the drugs. In October 2021 investigators executed a search warrant at Wilson’s Wolfert Terrace residence in Rochester, which resulted in the seizure of fentanyl and cocaine packaged for street sale, a loaded firearm, drug packaging paraphernalia and U.S. currency.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino, the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Interim Chief David Smith, the Brighton Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Catholdi and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter.  

Sentencing is scheduled for September 12, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Larimer.

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Updated June 23, 2022

Drug Trafficking