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Gloversville man indicted on multiple federal drug, weapons charges

ALBANY — A Gloversville man was indicted this week on federal drug and weapons charges.

Kent Tucker, 23, of Gloversville, was indicted Thursday on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking.

The charges were announced in a joint press release issued by Acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and John B. DeVito, special agent in charge of the state Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The indictment alleges that Tucker on Aug. 21 was determined by authorities to be in possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and a Glock handgun stolen from a Gloversville firearms dealer.

Prosecutors allege that Tucker possessed the stolen handgun in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities and that he threw the weapon from his person while he was being taken into custody.

Tucker appeared in U.S. Federal Court in the Northern District of New York in Albany before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian Hummel on Wednesday and was ordered to be held pending trial.

If convicted on all charges, Tucker faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison with at least five years of post-release supervision up to a maximum of life in prison. He could additionally face a fine of up to $5 million.

The case is being investigated by the ATF and Gloversville Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping. The case is part of the U.S. Department of Justice initiative Project Guardian that was launched in fall 2019 to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws in part through enhanced coordination between federal, state local and tribal authorities investigating and prosecuting gun crimes. Tucker was previously convicted of third-degree burglary, a class D felony, in Fulton County Court as part of a plea agreement in connection to a home invasion that occurred at 69 Yale St. on March 22, 2018.

Officers during that incident arrived at the Yale Street address for a welfare check when they spotted a masked man, later identified as Tucker, running from the house. He was followed by a male victim who yelled to police that he had been robbed by the other man at gunpoint.

Police pursued Tucker on foot from 69 Yale St., through several back yards, and made an arrest on Fourth Avenue near the intersection at North Main Street. Police weeks later recovered a revolver on Fourth Avenue that had been buried under snow. Under the plea agreement, Tucker was sentenced to time served on Oct. 29, 2018 and was released that day after having been held at the Fulton County Correctional Facility since March 23, 2018.

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