Peekskill Man Found Guilty of Federal Crack Cocaine Charges

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Jarmaal Anthony McLeod, 29, of Peekskill, was convicted Thursday on federal charges of selling crack cocaine. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A Peekskill man arrested last year in a county-wide drug investigation by the FBI and Peekskill and county police was convicted on federal charges Thursday.

Jarmaal Anthony McLeod, 29, was found guilty by a federal jury of selling crack cocaine. McLeod was accused of conspiring with others in 2009 to sell more than 28 grams of crack on one occasion and to purchase 20 grams for resale on another, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Herb Adad.

McLeod was arrested on April 19, 2012, following a narcotics investigation that began in 2008. More than 30 suspects from Westchester  and New York City were arrested as a result of the investigation.

McLeod was convicted on two of three charges listed in his indictment and now faces a maximum sentence of life and a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

Acting Police Chief Eric Johansen said he was happy with the conviction of McLeod, whom he described as a long-time Peekskill drug dealer, and hoped it sends a clear message to those thinking of selling drugs in the city.

“We’re not going to stop. We’re going to use every resource available to go after them,” Johansen said.

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