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Man pleads guilty to drug charges

ALBANY — An Amsterdam resident could be facing 5 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing and intending to distribute heroin mixed with fentanyl, according to a news release.

Edwin Rodriguez, also known as “Chaka,” 31, who was arrested during a traffic stop on May 19, admitted that he was stopped while driving to meet a drug customer to whom he planned to sell 100 grams of heroin, and that he was driving with a suspended license.

According to a press release, while Amsterdam Police Officers were arresting Rodriguez for driving with a suspended license, a vacuum-sealed bag of powder fell out of his pant leg. The bag contained 100.3 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

On May 15, police executed a search warrant at Rodriguez’s residence in Amsterdam where they found an empty bleach bottle with a hidden compartment containing 1.78 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl in the kitchen that he intended to sell.

Rodriguez is scheduled to appear for sentencing on June 15 in front of United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. With his guilty plea, Rodriguez faces at least five years and up to 40 years in prison with a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least four years and up to life.

The United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division Special Agent in Charge, Ray Donovan and Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory Culick made the announcement of Rodriguez’s guilty plea.

The case was investigated by the DEA and the Amsterdam Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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