Drug Enforcement Administration

New York

James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge

September 08, 2016

Contact: Erin Mulvey

Phone Number: (212) 337-3900

Amsterdam Man Sentenced To 105 Months For Unlawfully Possessing Five Guns And Distributing Heroin

ALBANY, N.Y. -   - Shawn Taft, 45, of Amsterdam, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 105 months in prison for possessing five firearms as a felon and distributing heroin.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA).

U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also sentenced Taft to three years of post-imprisonment supervised release.

In May 2014, Taft sold heroin to another person on two separate occasions in the city of Schenectady. 

On July 8, 2015, agents and officers of the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service, the Schenectady Police Department and Amsterdam Police Department, went to arrest Taft at his home on heroin distribution charges.  While arresting him, an officer observed a .22 caliber rifle in a closet in the front bedroom of Taft’s residence.  Officers went on to find additional firearms in the residence, including three rifles and a High Standard, model 88, .22 caliber revolver.  The revolver was found in a bag of dog food on the back porch. Taft had previously been convicted of a felony and could not possess a firearm.

This case was investigated by the DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service, in conjunction with the Schenectady Police Department and Amsterdam Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Rabe.

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