Amherst man pleads guilty to distributing MDMA

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Amherst man has pleaded guilty to distributing MDMA or “Molly” out of a Campus Drive apartment.

Rohan Chopra, 22, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute MDMA before a U.S. District Court judge.

According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, Chopra conspired with the residents of the apartment, Connor Dempsey and Joel Jacob, to store various controlled substance at 365 Campus Drive in Buffalo. Chopra was also allowed to sell drugs out of the apartment.

Dempsey and Jacob gave Chopra keys to the apartment so that he could access and distribute the drugs stored in the apartment.

Chopra instructed Dempsey and Jacob not to sign for packages and to deny that they were expecting a package to avoid liability.

On Aug. 17, Jacob signed for a package addressed to him during a controlled delivery by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Chopra had purchased the package over the internet using bitcoins. It contained over 180 grams of MDMA and was sent from Munchen, Germany.

During a search of the apartment, officers recovered quantities of marijuana, LSD, cocaine, THC, Xanax, and ketamine. They also found a digital scale, baggies, empty capsules, and other drug paraphernalia. and another mail parcel addressed to Chopra.

After Chopra learned of the search, he contacted Dempsey and Jacob and asked them to take responsibility for a quantity of the controlled substances in the apartment.

Dempsey and Jacob have been convicted in the case and are awaiting sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Chopra faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced Dec. 12.

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