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By John Tucker

Fentanyl dealer with illegal weapons sentenced in Rochester to over five years in prison


The investigation and arrest part of “Project Safe Neighborhoods”

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Quandrell Davis, 31, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, was sentenced to serve 63 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that in June 2010, Davis was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree in Monroe County Court, and sentenced to five years in prison. On September 2, 2020, the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRANET), searched 52 Walnut Street in Rochester, and seized approximately 1.5 grams of fentanyl and approximately 1.5 grams of cocaine, three loaded firearms, one of which had been reported stolen in Tennessee, and ammunition. Drug trafficking paraphernalia was also seized, including digital scales and drug packaging material. Davis was taken into custody following the search.

The matter was brought by the United States 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 the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, New York Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John B. Devito.

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