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Buffalo Couple Arrested, Charged With Selling Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Billy D. Henderson, 39, and Denise Porter, 31, both of Buffalo, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with: possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; distribution of controlled substances; maintaining a drug involved premises; and manufacturing controlled substances creating a substantial risk of harm to human life. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Laura A. Higgins, who are handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on April 3, 2019, members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Squad and the Buffalo Police Department Narcotics and Intelligence Squads executed a state search warrant at 50 Newton Street in Buffalo. Officers seized a large quantity of suspected fentanyl; a digital scale with narcotics residue; a drug press; approximately $7,000 in United States currency; ammunition; packaging material for narcotics distribution; and a heat sealer.

The defendants made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and are being held pending a detention hearing in April 8, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood; and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated April 5, 2019

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