SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Anulfo Fernandez, 42, of Utica, New York, pleaded guilty today to possession and intent to distribute heroin in the Utica region in 2019, said U.S. lawyer Carla B. Freedman and Ray Donovan, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent, New York Division.
As part of his guilty plea, Fernandez admitted that in 2019 he had sold heroin on several occasions and those sales totaled over a kilogram. Fernandez further admitted that he was storing and packing his drugs in a vacant apartment in Utica and that on December 11, 2019, he had nearly 400 grams of heroin there, which he intended to sell. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2022 in Syracuse. Upon conviction, Fernandez faces a prison sentence of at least 5 and up to 40 years, a fine of up to $ 5 million and a supervised release sentence after imprisonment ranging from 4 years to life. .
A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular law the defendant is accused of violating, US sentencing guidelines, and other factors.
This matter was investigated by the DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, New York State Police, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Utica Police Department, and is being pursued by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Commandeur and Matthew McCrobie.