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Rochester man pleads guilty to fentanyl conspiracy in WNY, including Orleans County

Staff Reports Posted 20 June 2019 at 11:24 am

ROCHESTER – A Rochester man who faces charges for allegedly selling heroin and fentanyl in Orleans County a year ago in June pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday.

Jonathan Velasquez, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to conspiracy to distribute over 40 grams of fentanyl. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant conspired with others to distribute quantities of heroin throughout the Western District of New York.

Velasquez is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 5 before Judge Larimer.

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