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Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty For Her Role In Narcotics Conspiracy Which Resulted In Overdose Death

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 Rachelle N. Allison, 36, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that between 2019, and June 2022, conspired with others, including her then boyfriend Ryan Bloom, to sell heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. During the conspiracy, Allison bought and sold the illegal narcotics for profit and her own use, utilizing Facebook to conduct her drug trafficking activities and to assist Bloom, which included making drug deals with associates, suppliers, and customers. Allison and Bloom also utilized a Fairview Avenue residence in Jamestown to conduct their drug trafficking activities, which resulted in numerous overdoses occurred at that location. 

On April 5, 2020, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to Hoag Road residence in Ashville, NY, for a possible overdose death. Upon arrival, an individual identified as D.R., was found deceased. A search of D.R.’s cellular telephone revealed Facebook messages between D.R. and Bloom the previous day that were drug related. Allison admits that she and Bloom distributed heroin and fentanyl to D.R. the day before D.R.’s death. On July 19, 2020, Bloom sold heroin and fentanyl to an individual identified as A.R. at the Fairview Avenue residence, resulting in A.R. overdosing. After receiving two doses of Narcan, A.R. and was revived and regained consciousness. Allison called emergency services to revive and assist A.R. 

Charges remain pending against Ryan Bloom.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James Quattrone, the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Sinatra.

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Updated November 10, 2022

Drug Trafficking