A Penfield man pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in federal court Tuesday.
Fred Valentin, also known as Fred Vargas, 42, of Penfield, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
Valentin purchased large quantities of heroin in New York City that he brought back to Rochester where processed, packaged and resold the heroin in various quantities. He was arrested on January 16 while driving a rental car. Police found him in possession of more than 130 grams of heroin and $2,000 in cash.
Officers also found a pistol with a defaced serial number, rounds of ammunition and heroin trafficking paraphernalia. On February 13, ATF agents seized more than $72,000 in Valentin's drug proceeds during the execution of a federal search warrant at a home on Central Park in Rochester.
Valentin will be sentenced on September 5. He faces 20 years to life in prison.