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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 13, 2015
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Rochester Man Sentenced on Gun and Drug Charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced today that Peter Barclay, 31, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to 78 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that on May 17, 2012, Rochester Police Officers went to the area of Ellison Street to investigate a report of a single shot being fired. Officers approached Barclay, who was with another person, to see if they had information about the incident. The defendant became verbally abusive towards the officers and, when asked for identification, threw his New York State Identification on the ground near the officers. Barclay then ran into the residence at 214 Ellison Street.

Officers went to the address and were met by Barclay and his family who let the officers into the residence to look around. Officers located a .9mm semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, and approximately 445 grams of heroin. The defendant admitted to possessing both the firearm and the heroin.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid, New York Field Office and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli.

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