A 21-year-old Newburgh man was sentenced to nine years in prison for having a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol, according to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler.
Frederick L. Blue, 21, was also sentenced to five years post-release supervision. Blue pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in November.
At the time he pleaded guilty, Blue admitted that he possessed the loaded pistol on May 22, while he was in the vicinity of Carpenter Street and First Street in the City of Newburgh.
Orange County prosecutors argued that Blue had been carrying the weapon in connection with his narcotics trafficking activities, the DA's office said.
Blue has also been charged by the New York State Organized Crime Task Force as part of their “Operation Yellow Brick Road” enforcement action, which targeted Newburgh’s “600 Gang” and which resulted in a 172-count indictment charging 16 members of a large, violent narcotics trafficking ring operating in the Hudson Valley, selling heroin and cocaine in Newburgh and elsewhere in Orange County, the DA's office said.
The Organized Crime Task Force has alleged Blue to be a “higher-level member” of the “600 Gang”.
The gun case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Borek.
“The narcotics trade inevitably leads to the possession of illegal weapons and violence,” said Hoovler. “My office will work with all of law enforcement partners and will seek severe prison sentences for anyone who possesses an illegal handgun on our city streets, particularly drug dealers.”
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