ALBANY – A Rotterdam man admitted Monday to participating in a marijuana distribution conspiracy that shipped large amounts of marijuana from California throughout the United States, including to the Capital Region, federal prosecutors said.
Tyquan Armstrong, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, prosecutors said.
Armstrong admitted to being a member of a marijuana-trafficking organization that shipped large quantities of marijuana from Fresno, Ca., to spots around the country.
The group shipped the marijuana through UPS and FedEx to track it and Armstrong’s co-conspirator text-messaged him shipping receipts with tracking information, prosecutors said.
Armstrong admitted to receiving 19 packages of marijuana from Fresno to his apartment in Rotterdam from July 2021 to June 2022. He then sold the marijuana around Schenectady, prosecutors said.
He also admitted that participation in the conspiracy involved at least 110 pounds of marijuana, prosecutors said.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Armstrong’s Rotterdam apartment June 15 and discovered seven vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana weighing 10 pounds, which Armstrong planned to sell, prosecutors said.
The apartment also contained two money counters and more than $18,000 in cash, earned by selling marijuana, prosecutors said.
Authorities also seized a loaded .357 revolver, a loaded .22-caliber “ghost gun,” and 125 rounds of .357 ammunition. Armstrong possessed both guns to protect the marijuana and proceeds, prosecutors said.
In addition, the apartment contained a gold Rolex watch, a gold chain with a diamond-encrusted cross pendant and two gold rings encrusted with diamonds, all purchased with marijuana proceeds, prosecutors said.
Armstrong will forfeit the cash jewelry, firearms and ammunition as part of his plea, prosecutors said.
Armstrong faces at lease five years and up to life at his sentencing later. His final term will be determined by the judge then.
The case is being investigated by the ATF and the DEA and prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorneys Cyrus P.W. Rieck and Dustin C. Sagovia.