Last Tuesday at the US District Court for the Western District of New York, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. sentenced Jose Casado, 32, of Rochester to ten years in prison.
Casado was convicted in the US District Court for the Western District of New York of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.
Between December 2017 and May 2019, Casado who is the known leader of a drug trafficking network in Rochester conspired with multiple co-defendants to sell fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine out of drug houses located on Clifford Avenue and Treyer Street in Rochester.
Casado would purchase large quantities of drugs from suppliers and then with the help of his co-defendants, he would then repackage the drugs for individual sale.
While investigating Casado and his co-defendants the DEA made 13 controlled buys of drugs which was followed by the execution of a search warrant of 467 Clifford Ave on March 14, 2019. During the execution of the search warrant the DEA recovered 19 bags of fentanyl, nine bags of powder cocaine, nine bags of crack cocaine, materials used to package controlled substances for distribution, 1,800 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, and 50 shotgun shells.
In May 2019 the DEA again executed a search warrant at 467 Clifford Ave and during the execution of the search warrant the DEA recovered a .22 caliber pistol.
On the same day in May 2019, the DEA executed a search warrant at 125 William Warfield Drive in Rochester and recovered $3,970.00 in cash hidden in a heating duct.