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Felon gets fed prison time

Sold firearm, drugs

SYRACUSE — A 49-year-old Amsterdam woman who pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and distribution of a controlled substance was sentenced to almost four years in federal prison.

According to a news release, Jazmin Gonzalez, pleaded guilty in December in which she admitted that she possessed a .380 mm caliber semiautomatic pistol and a 68 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon during an uncover sting operation. Gonzalaz’s prior felony conviction was in March 2011 in Montgomery County Court for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick said the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received information that she had been selling drugs and guns. During an ATF undercover operation in Amsterdam on Dec. 4, 2018, Gonzalez sold undercover agents the pistol, along with the distribution of 50 small glassine bags, each containing heroin and a small quantity of cocaine.

Southwick said Gonzalez was charged with being felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and distribution of a controlled substance for having a small quantity of cocaine and heroin. He said she pleaded guilty to those charges, but received a lesser sentence because the judge granted her an acceptance of responsibility for her acknowledgment of and remorse of her crime.

Gonzalez was also sentenced to a three-year term of supervised release to be served following her completion of her prison sentence.

In 2005, Gonzalez was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to one to three years for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. She was released to parole after four months.

In 2011, she was convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and sentenced in Montgomery County Court to four years in state prison. She served two years and four months before being released on parole.

According to the release, this case was investigated by ATF, with assistance from the Amsterdam Police Department, and was prosecuted by Southwick as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

PSN is an evidence-based program used to reduce violent crime. Through the program, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN focuses on enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and re-entry programs for lasting reduction crimes.

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