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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 21, 2014
William J. Hochul, Jr.
, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns

Three Time Convicted Felon Sentenced on Drug and Gun Charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jewell Wiggins, 46, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of  possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon, was sentenced to 188 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested after members of the Rochester Police Department, while conducting a routine traffic stop of his car, found the defendant in possession of a loaded .45 caliber Colt Combat Commander semiautomatic handgun. During the investigation, Wiggins made several admissions to possessing the firearm.

Once under arrest for possessing the firearm, the defendant was transported to the Rochester Police Department Public Safety Building. During this transport, the Rochester Police Department officer observed Wiggins moving around in the backseat of the police vehicle. As this was happening, the defendant stated, “I just want you to know, I’m only moving around back here because I have a bad leg, not because I’m doing anything funny.” The officer searched the rear of his patrol vehicle after he had turned the defendant over the Monroe County Jail and found that the defendant had discarded thirty small bags of cocaine and five small bags of marijuana. Officers also found that the defendant possessed over $300.00 in United States currency.

The sentence 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 Thomas J. Cannon, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction Chief Michael Ciminelli.


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