Fentanyl dealer who operated in Medina pleads guilty, faces minimum 10 years in prison

Posted 13 July 2023 at 3:18 pm

Press Release, Western District of New York U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross

ROCHESTER – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Ebony Shine, 37, of Rochester pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, which carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $10 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that Shine was arrested on November 15, 2022, after investigators executed federal search warrants at her residence on Post Avenue in Rochester and several other locations.

During the search of Shine’s residence, approximately $4,506.00 in U.S. currency, drug paraphernalia, three firearms, and over 100 rounds of ammunition, were recovered. On 12 occasions between October 2021, and November 15, 2022, at locations in Medina and Rochester, Shine sold over 440 grams of fentanyl, 119 grams of cocaine, and a 9mm pistol to an individual working with law enforcement. Shine supervised the distribution of quantities of fentanyl by her sons and co-conspirators, Emmanual Taylor, and Nasir Shine.

Taylor and Nasir Shine were previously convicted and are awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 2 at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force, under the direction of the Orleans County District Attorney’s Office and District Attorney Joseph Cardone, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Christopher Bourke, the Medina Police Department, under the direction of Chief Chad Kenward, the Niagara County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Filicetti, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith.