BUFFALO, NY – An Olean man has pled guilty to heroin and gun charges, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Tuesday.
Giovanni Salmonson, 26, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Kennedy said. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $2 million fine. or both.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Salmonson took off running after Olean police responded to a trespassing complaint near the 200 block of North 1st Street and asked him to step out of the roadway and onto a curb.
Following a foot chase, Salmonson entered a backyard at 121 North 2nd Street after throwing a black drawstring bag over a fence into another yard, police said. The items that led to his arrest were found in the bag.
The guilty plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Olean Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2017, before Arcara.