Long Island Man Sentenced to 13 Years Imprisonment
Defendant Admitted to Distributing Fentanyl That Caused a Death in 2017
Long Island, NY - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Ira Hall was sentenced by United States District Judge Joanna Seybert to 13 years’ imprisonment for distributing cocaine and the unlawful use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking in August 2017. When Hall pleaded guilty in June 2021, he also admitted to distributing fentanyl that caused the death of a 27-year-old resident of Glen Cove, New York in May 2017.
Jacquelyn M. Kasulis, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William Whitton, Chief, Glen Cove Police Department, announced the sentence.
“Today’s sentence ensures that the defendant will serve a lengthy prison term for selling dangerous drugs while carrying a firearm, and also for callously causing the fentanyl overdose death of a resident of this district,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis. “This Office, together with our federal and local partners, will continue to prosecute and hold accountable those who contribute to the opioid epidemic and overdose deaths in our communities.” Ms. Kasulis thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration for its assistance on the case.
“This investigation and arrest is an example of the Glen Cove Police Department’s continuing commitment to combat the sale of illegal drugs and to identify and arrest those responsible for overdose deaths occurring in our community,” stated Glen Cove Chief Whitton.
On May 30, 2017, Hall sold a quantity of fentanyl to a coconspirator who then provided the fentanyl to the victim, who suffered a fatal overdose. In August 2017, while investigating the overdose death, detectives of the Glen Cove Police Department arrested Hall after he sold cocaine in a Taco Bell parking lot while carrying a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. A search warrant of Hall’s residence the following day led to the seizure of additional rounds of .38 caliber ammunition.
The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Long Island Criminal Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Charles N. Rose and Lara Treinis Gatz are in charge of the prosecution.
IRA HALL, also known as “Streets”
Glen Cove, New York
E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 18-CR-239 (JS)