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Rochester Woman Pleads Guilty To Drug And Gun 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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Charity Lee, 38, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that on July 12, 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence.  During the search, they recovered approximately 124 grams of cocaine, materials commonly used to package narcotics for sale, three firearms, one of which had an obliterated serial number, and a variety of ammunition.

In 2000, Lee was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. As a result, she is legally prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division. 

Sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

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Updated October 3, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses