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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Michael Barnett

Albany Man Sentenced to 60 Months on Firearm and Drug Trafficking Charges

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Calvin Strong, age 25, of Albany, New York, was sentenced today to 60 months of imprisonment for possessing a handgun and possessing with the intent 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 December 7, 2016 guilty plea, Strong admitted that on October 18, 2015, while inside of an apartment in Troy, New York, he unlawfully possessed a handgun and quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, and heroin, all with the intent to distribute the drugs.  


Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 6-year term of supervised release, which will start after Strong is released from prison.  


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



New York Field Division