A man from Elmira, New York, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Crack Cocaine in front of U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. in a news release on Tuesday, September 13th.
Court records state that 39-year-old Jerold “Rocco” Walker was arrested on December 8th, 2014. A sealed indictment was produced by a federal grand jury a few days prior to Walker’s arrest.
Walker faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a $1,000,000 fine. His sentencing will be on December 14th, 2016, in front of U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Elmira Police Department conducted an investigation that led to Walker’s arrest, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas E. Gregory who is managing the case. The investigation unearthed a continual drug trafficking ring. The drug ring sold large quantities of crack cocaine out of areas in Elmira, NY. Walker used residences on West Gray Street, Columbia Street, and Walnut Street as drug ring locations.
According to court papers, Walker and other individuals planned to possess, intended to distribute, and distributed cocaine base from 2012 to November of 2013. Court papers also state that Walker got large amounts of powder cocaine which was then “cooked” to become cocaine base. Prosecutors stated the following in court papers, “The cocaine base was then sold or distributed to other individuals, either for their own personal use or to other distributors for re-sale.”
In addition, Walker was indicted on a single count of possession and discharge of a firearm to further a drug trafficking crime. Walker was also indicted on one count of a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. That incident took place on November 2nd, 2013. According to court documents, Walker fired a shot from a 7.62mm rifle while a crime was being committed. There were 30 total rounds of ammunition in the rifle.
Police Chief Joseph Kane headed the Elmira Police Department’s investigation, while Acting Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson of the New York Field Division headed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigation.
Walker had already been convicted of 2nd degree assault and 3rd degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He received his convictions in the years 2001, 2000, and 1997.