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Rochester Man Pleads Guilty For His Role In Drug 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 Gamaliett Rosario-Martinez, 24, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute quantities of fentanyl, heroin, crack cocaine, and cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who is handling the case, stated that Rosario-Martinez was a member of a drug trafficking organization led by co-defendant Jose Casado. Between December 2017 and May 15, 2019, the organization distributed large quantities of drugs out of houses located on Clifford Avenue and Treyer Street in Rochester, NY.

Casado obtained bulk quantities of fentanyl, heroin, and crack cocaine, which he and other members of the conspiracy would then “bag-up” or package for sale to individual drug users. Drug runners, including the defendant, would deliver the drugs to customers in exchange for cash. Casado or another member of the organization would collect the proceeds of the drugs sales from the drug runners.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

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Updated October 29, 2019

Drug Trafficking