Gloversville Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Drug and Firearm Convictions

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Kent Tucker, age 25, of Gloversville, New York, was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for possessing and intending to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine base, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

As part of his guilty plea, Tucker admitted that on August 21, 2020, he possessed methamphetamine pills and cocaine base with the intent to distribute them and possessed a loaded, stolen firearm to protect his drugs and drug proceeds from others. Tucker has two prior felony convictions: a 2018 conviction for burglary in the third degree, and a 2014 conviction for attempted common-law robbery.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 3-year term of supervised release, which will start after Tucker is released from prison.

This case was investigated by the ATF and Gloversville Police Department, with assistance from the New York State Police and Homeland Security Investigations, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.