For Immediate Release
Armed Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty
ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christian Delgado, 27, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated that Delgado was arrested following the execution of a search warrant on September 13, 2016, at 734 Jay Street in Rochester. Upon entry, investigators detained the defendant, who was located on a bed in an open living area. Officers found three other people throughout the house.
During the search, officers found a loaded Charter Arms .38 special caliber revolver inside a laundry basket in the front bedroom. Officers also found $365 cash on the nightstand in the front bedroom, along with heroin on a shelf in the bedroom and near the doorway. Inside a backpack found in the front bedroom, officers found cocaine and approximately two ounces of marijuana. Additional cocaine was discovered in the open living area near the bed on which the defendant was laying. Drug trafficking paraphernalia in the house as well.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (“GRANET”), under the direction of Rochester Police Department Lieutenant David Gebhardt, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 22, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Wolford.