ALBANY – A northern Saratoga County man will spend the next six years in prison for having firearms “in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime,” federal officials said.
Justin W. May, 37, of Edinburg was sentenced Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, ATF and FBI.
Authorities said that on April 12, 2016, State Police responded to a call for shots fired on Fox Hill Road in Edinburg. One person was taken into custody, but the second shooter, later identified as May, wasn’t found. Troopers did find a marijuana farm and an AR-15-type weapon on May’s land.
May later returned and was apprehended. He had two handguns in his vehicle. Police using a search warrant found marijuana plants in various stages of growth, about six pounds of processed marijuana, two semi-automatic rifles and other firearms, officials said.
The ATF said one gun, an AR-15 type, .300 Blackout caliber rifle, had a hammer modified to allow the firearm to fire automatically, as a machinegun. May admitted in November that he knew the Blackout was a modified into a machine gun, and that he had two handguns to protect his marijuana grow operation and drug money.
U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino sentenced May to a year in prison for growing marijuana and for having the machine gun, to run concurrently, and imposed a mandatory 60-month consecutive sentence for having the handguns in furtherance of drug trafficking.
May must also serve a three-year term of supervised release once out of prison and pay a $3,000 fine.
Published at Wed, 15 May 2019 19:12:08 +0000