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Three Men Sentenced For Illegal Firearms Possession And Marijuana Trafficking

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 Trini E. Ross announced today that three defendants were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa for their roles in a marijuana trafficking ring on Pardee Street in Rochester, NY.

•    J’Lyne Caldwell, 30, who was convicted of distribution of marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to serve 61 months in prison. 
•    Elisha Scott, 22, and Strong King, 20, who were convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, were both  sentenced to serve 85 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that Caldwell, Scott, and King were arrested August 11, 2022, in the area of 55 and 59 Pardee Street in Rochester, following the execution of search warrants at those residences. The search warrants were conducted after an investigation into the sale of marijuana and shootings in that area. Investigators seized marijuana packaged for sale, a loaded firearm, and U.S. currency.   

The sentencings are the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Darren Cox, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith.

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Updated February 21, 2023

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