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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Buffalo Man Charged With Distributing Fentanyl And Heroin

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Steven Paschell, 47, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possessing with intent distribute heroin and fentanyl. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that on November 1, 2016, Paschell sold a quantity of a substance containing heroin and fentanyl.

The defendant, who made an initial appearance before Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy, is being held pending a detention hearing on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Buffalo Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John Flickinger.

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.

Updated December 14, 2016