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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty 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 Giovanni Deleon, 27, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that between August 2018 and December 2018, the defendant conspired to distribute fentanyl.  In furtherance of the conspiracy, Deleon distributed quantities of fentanyl to customers and assisted in obtaining quantities of fentanyl to be distributed in the Western District of New York. 

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; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary; U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent in Charge Jeffrey Wilson; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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 September 18, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Larimer. 

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Updated June 6, 2019

Drug Trafficking