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Rochester Man Going To Prison For More Than 14 Years For Fentanyl Trafficking And Overdose

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 Robert Dygert, 35, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, was sentenced to serve 174 months years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that Dygert was part of a group of individuals who ran a drug house on Weaver Street in the City of Rochester, selling quantities of fentanyl from the house in 2019 and 2020. On February 25, 2020, investigators executed a search warrant at the house and seized approximately 11 grams of fentanyl, drug packaging materials, two digital scales, and $10,445 in cash, all of which consisted of proceeds from the distribution of fentanyl.

In addition, Dygert sold fentanyl to a 25-year-old male who suffered a non-fatal overdose. The victim purchased fentanyl from Dygert, returned to the home he shared with his parents, and ingested the fentanyl. In the early morning hours the next day, the victim’s mother found the victim unconscious on the bathroom floor. Emergency personnel responded and administered two doses of Narcan, after which the victim regained consciousness. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Timothy Foley, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Interim Chief David M. Smith.

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Updated February 3, 2022

Drug Trafficking