TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—A Tompkins County man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison this week after convictions on charges of trafficking and firearms possession.

Shameek Halls, 31, of Tompkins County, admitted to “being responsible for selling crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl on multiple occasions in Broome County between 2018 and 2019.”

Halls was ordered to forfeit all currency, ammunition and firearms seized during the case, additionally serving a 5-year term of supervised release after his prison sentence is completed.

The FBI and partnering agencies seized three handguns, an AR-15 style weapon as well as ammunition from Halls, to which he pleaded guilty of possession in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes. Halls had previously been incarcerated because of other charges related to selling drugs, though those were misdemeanors.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

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