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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rochester Man Sentenced In Large Scale Marijuana Conspiracy

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Luis Marrero, 32, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to 36 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who handled the case, stated that Marrero and six co-defendants were arrested in January 2013.  Between 2007 and 2013, the defendant and others obtained and distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, the majority of which was obtained from identified sources located on the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation in the Northern District of New York. On several occasions, the defendant personally traveled to the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation in order to obtain marijuana which was later sold in the Rochester area. Marrero is the fourth person to be sentenced in this conspiracy.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of James J. Hunt, New York Field Office, along with officers and investigators with the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli, the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRANET), and the New York State Police under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth.

Updated April 24, 2015