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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

ELMIRA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRAFFICKING CRACK COCAINE

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Jerold “Rocco” Walker, 39, of Elmira, NY, pleaded guilty conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both. Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory, who is handling the case, stated that Walker was arrested after an investigation conducted by the Elmira Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revealed that the defendant was involved in an ongoing drug trafficking ring. Members of the drug ring sold significant amounts of crack cocaine from various locations in Elmira. Walker utilized several residences, including locations on Columbia Street, Walnut Street and West Gray Street in connection with the drug offenses.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, New York Field Division, and the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief Joseph Kane.