Jamestown Man Indicted By A Federal Grand Jury For Selling Fentanyl That Led To Two Deaths

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Steven Mojica Medina, 34, of Jamestown, NY, with distribution of heroin, fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl causing death, narcotics conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine, using and maintaining a drug-involved premises, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a 1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Misha A. Coulson and Michael J. Adler, who are handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on August 30, 2018, Medina sold acetyl fentanyl which resulted in the death of an individual identified as J.H. On September 9, 2018, Medina sold heroin, acetyl fentanyl, and fentanyl, which resulted in the death of an individual identified as J.T.

The indictment further states that:
• Medina conspired with others to sell heroin, fentanyl and cocaine;
• Used a residence on Euclid Avenue in Jamestown to conduct his drug trafficking activities; and
• Possessed firearms while conducting drug trafficking activities. In May 2015, Medina was convicted on a gun charge in Chautauqua County Court and is legally prohibited from possession firearms and ammunition.
 
Medina was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and was detained.
 
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

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