Rochester man admits selling fentanyl, faces up to 6 years in prison

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 October 2018 at 2:47 pm

ALBION – A Rochester man admitted in Orleans County Court today to selling fentanyl.

Giovanni M. Serrano, 19, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. As part of a plea agreement, he will face a maximum of six years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 29.

The charge could have resulted in a maximum of 25 years in prison. Serrano was allegedly part of a four-person drug ring that was arrested in May. The four allegedly sold an extremely lethal fentanyl that resulted many overdoses in Orleans County.

An informant with the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force bought the fentanyl from Serrano on Feb. 28, District Attorney Joe Cardone said. It was one of several drug transactions involving Serrano, the district attorney told Judge Sanford Church.

In other cases in County Court today:

Jordan Herring of Holley pleaded guilty to attempting to making a terrorist threat. While he was in the county jail due a parole violation on May 31, he was speaking on the phone and told the person he was speaking with that he intended to “shoot, cut and choke” police and parole officers, Cardone said.

Herring said he was upset because he was in the jail and not receiving needed medical attention.

As part of the plea today, he will face up to a year in jail when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.

• A Medina woman pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and agreed to pay $91,973 in restitution.

Crystal Woodward, 32, of Medina could be sentenced to up to six months in jail on Jan. 17.

She allegedly took $91,973 from Medina Transportation Company and needs to repay that money, at least $400 a month until it is paid back.

• Two inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility were each sentenced to an additional 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for promoting prison contraband.

Gabriella Allen-Reiter and Danielle Rowe asked people to bring Suboxone into the prison. Suboxone is a prescription narcotic that is used for pain and can be used to help with opiate withdrawal.

The two inmates each also have to pay a $300 court surcharge, $50 DNA database fee, and $25 crime victims’ fee.

• A Waterport resident was arraigned on two counts of third-degree burglary, one county of third-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Justin Chaplin, 34, allegedly broke into garages in Carlton and took tools and equipment. The judge set bail at $10,000.

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