Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy Which Resulted in Fatal Ovedose
BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Ryan A. Bloom, 37, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that Bloom bought and sold heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine for profit and his own use, utilizing Facebook to conduct his drug trafficking activities. Bloom and co-conspirator, Rachelle Allison, also utilized a Fairview Avenue residence in Jamestown to conduct their drug trafficking activities, selling drugs and running a needle exchange out of the residence. These activities resulted in numerous overdoses occurred at that location.
On April 5, 2020, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Hoag Road residence in Ashville, NY, for a possible overdose death. Upon arrival, an individual identified as D.R., was found deceased. A search of D.R.’s cellular telephone revealed Facebook messages between D.R. and Bloom the previous day that were drug related. Bloom admits that he and Allison distributed heroin and fentanyl to D.R. the day before D.R.’s death. On July 19, 2020, Bloom sold heroin and fentanyl to an individual identified as A.R. at the Fairview Avenue residence, resulting in A.R. overdosing. After receiving two doses of Narcan, A.R. and was revived and regained consciousness. On February 12, 2021, investigators conducted an undercover purchase of heroin and fentanyl from Bloom.
Rachelle Allison was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration's Buffalo District Office, New York Division and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 14, 2023, before Judge Sinatra.