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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Fentanyl Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Felix Figueroa, 39, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. 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 during the course of a lengthy investigation, the defendant sold cocaine and heroin on several occasions to an individual working with investigators. On January 29, 2018, investigators executed a search warrant at Figueroa’s home, and recovered a quantity of fentanyl and cocaine, 199 bags of heroin, 154 decks of heroin, 576 bags of cocaine, as well as items commonly used in the packaging and distribution of illegal drugs, such as a scale, baggies, cutting agent, and approximately $2,108 in cash.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Violent Crime Task Force, 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; the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division; the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick Phelan; the Brighton Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Catholdi; and U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Luis R. Tafoya.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated October 30, 2019