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Rochester man going to prison on drugs and gun charges


ROCHESTER -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Emmanuel Madera, 29, of Rochester, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, was sentenced to serve 96 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was arrested on May 30, 2018, after police executed a search warrant at his Grape Street residence in Rochester. During the search, officers recovered approximately three grams of cocaine, three grams of heroin, $2,315 in cash, three handguns, a shotgun, and over 200 rounds of various ammunition. One of the handguns had a defaced serial number.
Previously, in 2016, Madera was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in Monroe County, and as a result of that conviction, he was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The case was brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office as part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative. PSN is 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.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito, New York Field Division.

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