ALBANY, NEW YORK – Hassan Raheem, age 43, of Uniondale, New York, was sentenced today to 106 months in prison for possessing and intending to distribute crack cocaine, and possessing a loaded firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and John B. Devito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
United States Senior District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. also ordered that Raheem serve a 3-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.
As part of his December 3, 2019 guilty plea, Raheem, who has 6 prior felony convictions, admitted that on July 26, 2016, he possessed a loaded .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol and 17 grams of crack cocaine packaged for distribution at a motel in Colonie, New York. He further admitted that he intended to sell the crack cocaine, and that he possessed the pistol in order to guard against the potential theft of his drugs and drug proceeds.
This case was investigated by ATF and the Colonie Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon