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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rochester Man Sentenced On Drug And Gun Charges

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Willie Harris, 46, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of ammunition and a firearm, was sentenced to 115 months in prison and six years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.                 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on June 10, 2014, Harris was arrested at 49 Troup Street in Rochester after agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers of the Rochester Police Department executed a search warrant in one of the apartments at that address.

Prior to executing the search warrant, Harris spoke with officers and told them he had a short-barreled “rifle” and cocaine inside his apartment. Once inside of the location, officers found four bags of cocaine, as well a digital scale commonly used to measure drugs for distribution, small ziplock bags and approximately $180.00 in United States currency. Officers also located a Mossberg 500 C slide action shotgun, the barrel of which had been sawed-off to a length of 16 and 1/8 inches. Ammunition was also found with the shotgun.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

Updated September 7, 2016