SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Four Syracuse men were indicted yesterday and charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, and possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute. The announcement was made by Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division; and Chief Kenton Buckner, City of Syracuse Police Department.
The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
The defendants were arrested on July 6, 2021, and are detained pending trial. At the time of the defendants’ arrests, law enforcement seized over 1,500 envelopes containing suspected fentanyl, a quantity of cocaine, and a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun.
This case is being investigated by the DEA, the Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, the New York State Division of Parole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.
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