Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Heroin and Fentanyl Which Resulted in Two Deaths
BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Steven Mojica Medina, 35, of Jamestown, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin, fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that on August 30, 2018, an individual identified as J.H., fatally overdosed after ingesting a substance containing fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl. Medina provided J.H. with the fentanyl and fentanyl analogue mixture shortly before J.H. died. Approximately a week later, on September 9, 2018, an individual identified as J.T. fatally overdosed after ingesting a substance containing heroin, fentanyl, and acetyl fentanyl. Medina provided the substance to a third party who then provided it to J.T.
On December 1 and 2, 2020, the Jamestown Police Department conducted controlled purchases of heroin and fentanyl from Medina. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at Medina’s Euclid Avenue residence during which investigators recovered two loaded firearms, a drug ledger, 48 bags of fentanyl weighing 1.76 grams, and cocaine. On November 1, 2021, Medina was pulled over in his vehicle by the Jamestown Police Department. Officers recovered a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, six magazines and approximately 167 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Medina also had 24 wrapped baggies of crack cocaine weighing 3.8 grams. In July 2015, Medina was convicted of a felony in Chautauqua County Court and is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Timothy Jackson and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Frank A. Tarentino III, New York Field Division.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 11, 2023, before Judge Arcara.