Feds: Schenectady man given 10 years in drug, weapons case; Operated ‘cook,’ or ‘stash’ house


ALBANY – A Schenectady man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison in a Schenectady-based drug and weapons case, authorities said.

The man had been involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute crack cocaine and his role was to “operate a ‘cook’ or ‘stash’ house out of an apartment in Schenectady,” prosecutors said.

Rhamel G. Pate, 40, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty earlier to distributing cocaine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug crimes.

He admitted to working with others to distribute cocaine out of the Schenectady apartment where he lived at the time. He also admitted to possessing at the time of his 2019 arrest a quantity of cocaine and four firearms with ammunition, prosecutors said.

Specifically, Pate was accused of participating in the conspiracy from June to August 2018. Pate’s role focused in and around Schenectady, prosecutors said.

Drug distributors brought him quantities of crack cocaine and purportedly other drugs, prosecutors wrote. Pate would then relay the drugs on to street-level dealers. Pate also “cooked” powder cocaine into crack cocaine at the apartment and packaged it for sale, prosecutors wrote.

Pate was arrested in April 2019 and has been in custody since, officials said.

Prosecutors asked for the 10-year sentence. Pate’s attorney asked for as little as almost two years less, citing COVID and cost of incarceration concerns.

Senior U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue then handed down the 10-year sentence Tuesday.

The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily C. Powers.

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