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Rochester man pleads guilty in County Court to selling fentanyl, heroin in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 June 2019 at 5:50 pm

ALBION – A Rochester man admitted in Orleans County Court today to selling fentanyl and heroin to an informant with the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force.

Jonathan Velasquez, 25, on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl. That charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5 million fine. Velasquez is accused of conspiring with others to distribute quantities of heroin throughout Western New York, including Orleans County.

Velasquez pleaded guilty in Orleans County today to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, and will receive a maximum sentence of 2 years in state prison. That sentence will be served concurrently or with the federal sentence.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said in court an informant made a call from Orleans County to Velasquez about buying fentanyl and heroin. The informant went to Monroe County to get the drugs, which were analyzed by a lab in Niagara County and found to be heroin and fentanyl.

In other cases in County Court this afternoon:

• A Medina man pleaded guilty to course of sexual contact against a child in the second degree.

Jeffrey Woodroe, 39, admitted to sexual contact with a girl under age 12 on a least two occasions between April 2008 and April 2012.

He will face up to six months in the county jail and 10 years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced on Aug. 15. Judge Sanford Church also issued an order of protection for the victim.

Kayla Rowling, 28, of Medina admitted she had cocaine on Nov. 28, 2018. She pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance.

As part of a plea agreement she will avoid state prison, but could be sentenced to up to a year in the county jail when she is sentenced on Aug. 15. She is a first-time felony offender.

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