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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns
For Immediate Release
Friday, July 15, 2022

Armed Drug Trafficker Going to Prison

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Wilfredo Sanchez, 25, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 10 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, was sentenced to serve 168 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that Sanchez was arrested on March 23, 2021, following a search of his Saranac Street residence, during which investigators seized over 88 grams of para-flourofentanyl, an analogue of fentanyl, and over 64 grams of cocaine. A loaded 9mm semiautomatic pistol, ammunition, digital scales, and drug packaging material were also recovered. At the time of his arrest, Sanchez was on supervised release after serving five years in prison following a March 2017 federal conviction for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. 
The matter was brought by the United States Attorney’s Office as part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative.  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The sentencing was the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, New York Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. DeVito.

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