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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York
Carla B. Freedman, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, June 16, 2023

Rotterdam Man Sentenced for Marijuana and Gun Offenses

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Tyquan Armstrong, aka “Moose,” age 44, of Rotterdam, New York, was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Frank A. Tarentino III, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; Chief Daniel DeWolf of the Troy Police Department; and Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.

In pleading guilty, Armstrong admitted to being a member of a marijuana-trafficking organization that shipped large quantities of marijuana from Fresno, California, to locations throughout the United States, including the Capital Region of New York. The marijuana was shipped from Fresno through UPS and FedEx and, to track the packages, Armstrong’s coconspirator text messaged him shipping receipts with tracking information. Armstrong admitted to receiving at least 19 packages of marijuana from Fresno at his apartment in Rotterdam between July 2021 and June 2022, which he sold in and around Schenectady, New York. The defendant also admitted that his participation in the conspiracy involved at least 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds, of marijuana.

On June 15, 2022, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Armstrong’s apartment in Rotterdam and discovered seven (7) vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana weighing 10 pounds, which Armstrong planned to sell. The apartment contained two money counters and $18,723 in cash, which was earned by the defendant selling marijuana. Law enforcement also seized a loaded .357 revolver, a loaded .22 caliber “ghost gun,” and 125 rounds of .357 ammunition. Armstrong possessed the revolver and “ghost gun” to protect his marijuana and marijuana proceeds.

Armstrong’s apartment also contained a gold Rolex watch, gold chain with a diamond-encrusted cross pendant, and two gold rings encrusted with diamonds, all of which were purchased with marijuana proceeds.

Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. also imposed a 6-year term of supervised release and ordered forfeiture of the $18,723 in cash, jewelry, firearms, and ammunition.

The ATF, DEA, Troy Police Department and HSI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cyrus P.W. Rieck and Dustin C. Segovia prosecuted the case.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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