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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: Michael Barnett

Albany Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm and Drug Charges

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Calvin Strong, age 24, of Albany, New York, pled guilty today to unlawfully possessing a handgun, and to possessing and intending to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

As part of his guilty plea, Strong admitted that on October 18, 2015, while in an apartment in Troy, New York, he unlawfully possessed a Kimber Ultra Raptor II, a .45 caliber handgun, and cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin, with the intent to distribute those drugs.   As a felon, Strong could not lawfully possessing the handgun.

Strong faces up to 30 years in prison, a maximum fine of $2 million, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 6 years and up to life when he is sentenced on May 8, 2017 by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.  

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Albany Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Belliss.

New York Field Division