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Rochester Man Sentenced On Drug Charges

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 William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that James Webb, a/k/a Butch, 57, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, was sentenced to 151 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The defendant was also ordered to forfeit $9,172 in drug trafficking proceeds, a firearm and ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that Webb led a Rochester-based drug organization which distributed large quantities of powder cocaine in Rochester. The organization processed powder cocaine into crack cocaine, packaged and resold it in various quantities. On June 14, 2011, the defendant and others were arrested when law enforcement raided the epicenter of the drug operation at 392 and 401 Norton Street in Rochester. Webb was located inside 392 Norton Street with crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in plain view. During the raids, officers seized over 40 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale, a loaded 9mm handgun, $9,172 in U.S. currency, and paraphernalia for processing, packaging, and distributing cocaine.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael L. Ciminelli, and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge James S. Higgins, New York Field Division, and the New York State Division of Parole, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci.

Updated November 20, 2014