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Rochester Man Pleads To Fentanyl Conspiracy

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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Angel Fernando, 29, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to conspiracy to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that between August and December 11, 2018, the defendant conspired with others sell fentanyl.  After a lengthy investigation, a search warrant was executed at Fernando’s residence and a quantity of fentanyl was seized.

Fernando is one of eight defendants charged and convicted in this case.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary; U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Luis R. Tafoya; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rochester Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 17, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Larimer.

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Updated October 24, 2019

Drug Trafficking