City Man Pleads Guilty After Drug Sale Leads To Injury

A 43-year-old Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to selling drugs that caused serious injury.

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced Monday that Bradley D. Knapp pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that during the conspiracy, Knapp bought and sold heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine for profit and his own use, utilizing Facebook to conduct his drug trafficking activities. Knapp also used a West Ninth Street residence in Jamestown to facilitate the manufacture, packaging, and distribution of the illegal drugs. On Aug. 12, 2020, Knapp sold approximately a gram of heroin/fentanyl to an individual identified. The next day, on Aug. 13, 2020, that individual took approximately 0.5 grams of the heroin/fentanyl, overdosed, and stopped breathing. The person received multiple doses of Narcan and was revived.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation. The task force identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the program can be found at justice.gov/OCDETF.

The plea 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.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 28 before Arcara.


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