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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
James P. Kennedy, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Armed Drug Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Cocaine and Gun Charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Tyree Williams, 34, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life, and a fine of $250,000 or both. The drug charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, and a fine of $1,000,000 or both.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated that Williams was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at 56 Rauber Street in Rochester. During the search, officers recovered a Jimenez Arms, model J.A. Nine, 9mm pistol, on the attic stairs. Above the doorway to the attic, officers recovered a stolen Walther model CCP, 9 mm pistol. On the attic floor, officers found a Glock model 19, 9 mm pistol. All three firearms were loaded. In addition, the police found over 107 grams of cocaine and over 5 grams of heroin throughout the residence, together with packaging, scales, grinders, glassine bags, and a money-counting machine.


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, New York Field Division.


Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2018, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.


New York Field Division