Man pleads guilty

Staff reports

ALBANY — A 29-year-old Johnstown man could face up to 40 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to possessing and intending to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl

Victor M. Diaz was arrested on March 7 when DEA agents and other law enforcement officers executed a federal warrant at Diaz’s Johnstown residence. They found him home, alone, and sitting near a suitcase containing 1,740 small glassine bags. The bags contained a total of approximately 89 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

Officials also found, in a plastic container, an additional 53.5 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and City of Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory J. Culick on Wednesday.

Diaz faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life, when he is sentenced on Oct. 4 by Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue.

The case was investigated by the DEA and the Amsterdam Police Department, with assistance from the New York State Police and the Gloversville Police Department, and was being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

By Josh Bovee

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