Jamestown Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy Faces Life

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(WNY News Now) – A Jamestown man admitted to conspiring to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl, potentially facing life imprisonment and a $10 million fine.

JAMESTOWN, NY – Brian Cessna, 63, residing in Jamestown, NY, has confessed before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to participating in a conspiracy involving the possession and distribution of 400 grams or more of fentanyl. This offense carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, reaching up to life imprisonment, and a hefty fine of $10 million.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, overseeing the case, revealed that Cessna engaged in the illicit trade of heroin and fentanyl for both profit and personal consumption during the conspiracy. Acting in collaboration with accomplice Holly Berenguer, Cessna facilitated the sale of these drugs, with Berenguer’s supplier identified as “Joey Cracks” (Joseph Zaso). The drug trafficking operation utilized Cessna’s Fairview Avenue residence, where Berenguer also conducted drug sales.

Awaiting sentencing are Holly Berenguer, alongside co-defendants Denver Komenda and Richard Philbrick. Meanwhile, charges are pending against Joseph Zaso, Brandon Andino, Justin Yuchnitz, and Kylie Lewis.

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