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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 9, 2015
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Rochester Man Sentenced on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today   that Roger Alexander, 42, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, was sentenced to 144 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that on September 7, 2012, officers of the Rochester Police Department executed a search warrant in the upstairs apartment at 1220 Clifford Avenue in Rochester. As officers entered the residence, they heard a window breaking and saw a person throwing an object from the window on the second floor. Officers searching the residence found a loaded handgun among broken glass on the ground outside. Alexander was arrested as he exited the bathroom of the residence. The defendant appeared to have fresh cuts and was bleeding from his forearms. Officers also arrested co-defendant Edward Jackson inside.

During the search, officers found and seized nearly a pound of marijuana and over $3,000 in United States currency. Officers also located multiple scales typically used to weigh controlled substances and ammunition in varying quantities and calibers, including .45 caliber and .38 caliber.

Co-defendant Edward Jackson was sentenced to 90 months in prison terms for his involvement in the conspiracy.     

The sentencing is the result 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, New York Field Division and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

New York Field Division