Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rochester Man Sentenced on Drug Charges

ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that William S. Harrison, 41, of Rochester, New York, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute marijuana, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey, who handled the case, stated that Harrison participated in a conspiracy with Sean McMorrow and others between 2004 and April 2005. During that time, McMorrow was playing professional hockey for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League. As part of the conspiracy, Harrison possessed and distributed up to 40 kilograms of marijuana (the equivalent of more than 80 pounds) and supervised two drug couriers to transport marijuana from Canada into the Western District of New York. Harrison also sold quantities of marijuana to others in the Rochester area.

McMorrow was sentenced to 24 months in prison by Judge Larimer on May 30, 2012. Another co-conspirator, Joseph N. Holman, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on June 12, 2012.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.

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