Rochester Cocaine Dealer Going To Prison

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Ernest Gamble, 20, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and crack cocaine, was sentenced to serve 63 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who handled the case, stated that Gamble was a member of a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine out of a drug house on Glenwood Avenue in Rochester. On May 19, 2021, a search warrant was executed at the Glenwood Avenue residence, during which investigators seized cocaine, drug paraphernalia and counter surveillance devices. Gamble was present during the search, and it appeared that he and others were in the process of flushing narcotics down the toilet after law enforcement made entry into the residence. Gamble was taken into custody with over $5,000 in cash in his pockets.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Interim Police Chief David Smith, the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.      

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