ALBANIA – A Rotterdam man admitted on Monday to participating in a marijuana distribution conspiracy that shipped large amounts of marijuana from California across the United States, including the capital region, federal prosecutors said.
Tyquan Armstrong, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of firearms in connection with a felony drug trafficking, the authorities said. prosecutors.
Armstrong admitted to being a member of a marijuana trafficking organization that shipped large quantities of marijuana from Fresno, California to locations across the country.
The group shipped the marijuana via UPS and FedEx to track her and Armstrong’s co-conspirator texted her with tracking information, prosecutors said.
Armstrong admitted to receiving 19 packets of marijuana from Fresno at his Rotterdam apartment from July 2021 to June 2022. He then sold the marijuana around Schenectady, prosecutors said.
He also admitted that participation in the conspiracy involved at least 110 pounds of marijuana, prosecutors said.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Armstrong’s Rotterdam apartment on June 15 and discovered seven vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana weighing 10 pounds, which Armstrong planned to sell, prosecutors said.
The apartment also contained two money counters and more than $18,000 in cash, earned from selling marijuana, prosecutors said.
Authorities also seized a loaded .357 revolver, a loaded .22 caliber “ghost gun” and 125 rounds of .357. Armstrong possessed both weapons to protect the marijuana and the product, prosecutors said.
In addition, the apartment contained a gold Rolex watch, a gold chain with a diamond-encrusted cross pendant, and two diamond-encrusted gold rings, all purchased with the marijuana proceeds, prosecutors said.
Armstrong will give up cash jewelry, firearms and ammunition as part of his plea, prosecutors said.
Armstrong faces at least five years and up to life when sentenced later. Its final mandate will then be determined by the judge.
The case is being investigated by the ATF and DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cyrus PW Rieck and Dustin C. Sagovia.
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