ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jerry Pulsifer, 28, of Pittsford, N.Y., who was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, was sentenced to 130 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Moynihan, who handled the case, stated that Pulsifer was arrested on August 8, 2010, after members of law enforcement responded to the Red Carpet Inn on West Henrietta Road, in Henrietta, N.Y.. A resident called the police to report a male who was using drugs in his hotel room at the location. Upon arrival, Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from room 143. Deputies could smell an even stronger odor of marijuana coming from the room once the defendant opened the door.
Pulsifer admitted to smoking marijuana when asked about the smell and gave an additional amount of marijuana to the deputies. Further investigation revealed that the defendant possessed 30 bags of cocaine, packaged for distribution, concealed inside of a hair spray can with a false bottom, a Smith & Wesson Model 1000 20 gauge shotgun, over $42,000.00 in United States currency, as well as other items associated with drug trafficking.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation on the part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Cannon, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn.