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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Heroin Possession And Being A Felon In Possession Of A Gun

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 Joseph Delisio, 47, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant sold heroin between September 29, 2017, and April 11, 2018 to individuals working with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Delisio was arrested on April 11, 2018, following a vehicle stop. The defendant had approximately $34,650 in cash in his possession and officers found a bottle in the vehicle containing residue of suspected heroin, scales which are commonly used to process narcotics for distribution, and a .22 caliber Ruger handgun.

During a subsequent search of Delisio’s residence, officers recovered three more firearms and ammunition. The defendant was previously convicted in Wayne County Court in 2013 of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree; in 2009 of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree; and in 2002 of Burglary in the Third Degree. As a result, Delisio is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition. 
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Barry Virts.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

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Updated March 27, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses