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Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Drug 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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Loegan Morrison-Samples, 24, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to maintaining a drug-involved premises. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine.    

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that on April 27, 2019, members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force (JMDTF) executed a New York State search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Partridge Street in Jamestown. Investigators recovered methamphetamine and other narcotics, including small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, throughout the residence. In addition, a 12 gauge shotgun, a pink stun gun, and other drug paraphernalia were also recovered. During the search, Samples and co-defendant Jacob Komenda were present. 

On September 5, 2019, investigators executed another search warrant at the new residence Samples shared with Komenda in Jamestown. $3,182 in United States currency, methamphetamine, and various drug paraphernalia was recovered from the residence. 

Komenda was previously convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five grams or more of methamphetamine, and is awaiting sentencing.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; 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 January 28, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

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Updated September 28, 2020

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