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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 11, 2015
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Rochester Man Sentenced on Drug Charge and Gun Charge

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jesus Velez, 21, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, was sentenced to 66 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Noto, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was observed by members of the Rochester Police Department carrying a loaded firearm while possessing cocaine that he intended to sell on July 11, 2014, in the City of Rochester.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, and officers of the Rochester Police Department under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.



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