A Troy man pleaded guilty in court to handgun violations as well as drug possession and distribution charges.

On August 21 of this year, police searched the Troy home of 23-year-old Jean Luis Colon and eventually arrested him. He has been behind bars since that date.

Police officers executed a search warrant and seized a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun with an altered serial number. In addition to the handgun, they recovered 2,050 bags of heroin with “Corona Virus” written on the labels.

The Troy Police Department investigated the incident with the help of the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office, the DEA, and the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit.

This morning Jean Luis Colon appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby. Mr. Colon pleaded guilty to possessing the 2,050 bags of heroin with the intention of selling them. He also admitted to having a handgun with an altered serial number.

Mr. Colon is not scheduled to appear in court for sentencing until April 22, 2021. He could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison as well as three years of supervised parole after he is released.

Twenty-five years is a long time to be isolated from your family and friends. Although Mr. Colon is a young man right now, when he is released he could be 48 years old.

If he is sentenced to 25 years in prison, when he is released he will technically be considered a middle aged man. That should cause everyone to think about the decisions they make and how they could potentially ruin your life.

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