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Feds: Weapons, drug trafficking counts added to Schenectady man’s federal drug distribution indictment

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ALBANY – Federal drug trafficking and weapons counts have been added to a Schenectady man’s indictment in a drug case, U.S. Attorney’s officials said.

Rhamel G. Pate, 39, of Schenectady, was indicted in federal court this past week on the new indictment charging him with multiple Schenectady-related drug and weapons crimes, prosecutors said.

The new indictment takes the place of one handed up against him in March 2019 that remained pending, officials said.

Pate is accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine in Schenectady County from April to August 2018, according to the indictment.

He is then specifically accused of possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking in April 2019, according to the indictment. He is also accused of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute on that date and possession of firearms by a prohibited person.

He is accused of possessing four handguns on that date all while being prohibited from possessing firearms due to a previous conviction, the indictment reads.

Pate faces a minimum of 10 years in prison, if convicted, prosecutors said.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and its Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily C. Powers.

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