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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rochester Man Sentenced For Fentanyl Conspiracy

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jonathan Velasquez, 26, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who handled the case, stated that between March and August 2018, the defendant conspired with sell fentanyl. On March 21, 2018, Velasquez distributed fentanyl to an undercover police officer. On June 23, 2018, the defendant was operating a vehicle in the area of 169 Joseph Avenue in Rochester when he was stopped by police. At the time, Velasquez was in possession of approximately 303 bags of fentanyl and approximately $6,820.  

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton; United States Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Jeffrey Wilson; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Randy Bower; and the Orleans County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated September 6, 2019