City Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Firearms
A Jamestown man has pleaded guilty to allegedly possessing firearms while selling drugs.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 23-year-old Omar Vera-Velazquez entered the plea to possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Misha A. Coulson, who is handling the case, stated that in September 2019, Vera-Velazquez allegedly sold and distributed heroin in the Jamestown area. During this time period, the city man reportedly possessed various firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking in order to protect himself, his drugs and his drug proceeds.
On Sept. 19, 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at Vera-Velazquez’s Bowen Street residence. Law enforcement officers seized four firearms; ammunition; two pistol magazines; approximately 60 grams of a heroin and fentanyl substance; two scales; several empty plastic baggies; and packaging materials.
The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 21, 2021, before Judge Vilardo.