Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Charge, Faces 20 Years In Prison

BUFFALO – A Jamestown man, who is on parole, has pleaded guilty a cocaine trafficking charge and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Shaquelle Coleman, 27, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Coleman was arrested with another absconding parolee, Earl Stone Jr., on Jan. 23, for violating terms of parole, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan E. Leydecker, who is handling the case.

Both were located in the upstairs bedroom of a residence on West 7th Street. During a search of the two defendants, law enforcement officers said they recovered $1,400 in U.S. Currency. They also recovered a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, a digital scale with white residue, and three cellular telephones from the residence.

Stone was previously convicted and is awaiting sentencing.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson; the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci; and the New York State Police, under the direction Major James Hall.


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