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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 24, 2015

Rochester Man Sentenced On Drug Charges

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #:                (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Elijah McKnight, 43, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, was sentenced to 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that between 2008 and November 7, 2013, McKnight conspired with others to distribute kilograms of cocaine in the Northeast side of Rochester.
 
The defendant was arrested November 7, 2013 after selling cocaine to confidential informant. That same day, a search warrant was executed at 497 Carter Street in Rochester, the residence of McKnight’s cocaine supplier. Law enforcement officers recovered 387 grams of cocaine, scales, packaging material, and a loaded handgun. 
 
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of on the part of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, and the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRANET).

Updated April 27, 2015