ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Edwin Murray, 51 of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $1,000,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who is handling the case, stated on August 20, 2014, members of Rochester Police Department executed a search warrant in the downstairs apartment at 54 Miller Street in Rochester. During the execution of the search warrant, an investigator encountered Murray, who was the only person in the house at the time, in a bedroom. Under a bed, investigators found a black shoe box. Inside they found a clear plastic bag that contained 84 smaller ziplock baggies. Each baggie contained a white rocky material which was later identified as crack cocaine. Officers also located a wallet which contained $346.00 in United States Currency and marijuana. Officers also found a Ruko-Armscor Model M14 .22 caliber long rifle and a magazine for the rifle, which contained six rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Rochester Police Department Chief Michael Ciminelli, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 14, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.