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Armed drug trafficker sentenced


ROCHESTER -- Bruce King, 48, of Rochester, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a short-barrel rifle which was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, was sentenced to 97 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that King was arrested on October 19, 2015, following a search by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision of his residence at 161 Conkey Avenue in Rochester. During the search, officers recovered a brown paper bag with plastic capsules containing marijuana inside a backpack. Officers also found a .22 caliber sawed-off rifle with two boxes of .22 caliber ammunition. The barrel and the stock of the rifle had been shortened. Officers also found drug trafficking paraphernalia in the residence as well.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Ciminelli; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field Division.

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