Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fentanyl

A vial of fentanyl
A vial of fentanyl

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Derek Torres a/k/a Bebe, 22, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that between July and November 28, 2018, the defendant conspired with others to distribute cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the area of Wilkins Street in Rochester. On July 18, 2021, Torres sold 10 wax envelopes containing heroin and fentanyl and 10 zip-loc baggies containing cocaine, to an undercover law enforcement officer in exchange for $200 in cash.

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The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Barry Chase; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito; and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 27, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Larimer.