City Man Sentenced In Pair Of Deaths Tied To Drugs

A Jamestown man is headed to prison for more than 19 years after selling heroin and fentanyl that resulted in the deaths of two individuals.

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced that Steven Mojica Medina, 36, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, was sentenced to serve 235 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, stated that on Aug. 30, 2018, an individual fatally overdosed after ingesting a substance containing fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl. Medina provided the victim with the fentanyl and fentanyl analogue mixture shortly before they died. Approximately a week later, on Sept. 9, 2018, an individual fatally overdosed after ingesting a substance containing heroin, fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl. Medina provided the substance to a third party who then provided it to that individual.

On Dec. 1 and 2, 2020, the Jamestown Police Department conducted controlled purchases of heroin and fentanyl from Medina. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at Medina’s Euclid Avenue residence during which investigators recovered two loaded firearms, a drug ledger, 48 bags of fentanyl weighing 1.76 grams, and cocaine. On Nov. 1, 2021, Medina was pulled over in his vehicle by the Jamestown Police Department. Officers recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, six magazines and approximately 167 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Medina also had 24 wrapped baggies of crack cocaine weighing 3.8 grams. In July 2015, Medina was convicted of a felony in Chautauqua County Court and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division.


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