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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Conspiracy And Gun Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Janard D. Warnick, 30, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated Warnick  sold cocaine for profit and maintained a Clifford Avenue residence in Rochester to store, process, and sell controlled substances. On February 23, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant at the Clifford Avenue residence, seizing approximately 61 grams of cocaine, a quantity of fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl, approximately two grams of crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Investigators also recovered three firearms and a variety of ammunition.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 9, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. before Judge Geraci.  

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Updated February 28, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses