February 14, 2019
Contact: Erin Mulvey
Phone Number: (212) 337-3900
Bronx man pleads guilty to heroin charge in Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; New York Division, and U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Northern District of New York announced that Ronny Mota, age 29, of Bronx, New York, pled guilty today to conspiring to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.
Mota admitted that on Dec. 5, 2018, he drove from New York City to Albany County, New York, for the purpose of selling approximately 130 grams of heroin to another individual. The DEA arrested Mota and a co-conspirator in a motel parking lot in Colonie before they could meet with the buyer. Agents found the bag of heroin in a coffee cup next to the driver’s seat.
Mota faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison, and at least 4 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, when he is sentenced by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino on June 14, 2019. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
This case was investigated by the DEA, Albany District Office and its Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, which includes investigators from the Schenectady Police Department, Troy Police Department and New York State Police. The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.