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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 15, 2018

Buffalo Man Charged With Selling Heroin Linked To The Death Of A Hamburg Man

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment charging Tyrone Green, 24, and Brennen Bryant, Jr., 25, both of Buffalo, NY, with possession with intent to distribute 10 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue, as well as heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Timothy C. Lynch and Seth T. Molisani, who is handling the case, stated that the charges in indictment and previously complaints stem from an investigation into an overdose death that occurred in Hamburg, NY on March 26, 2018. Through text messages on the decedent’s cellular telephone, detectives with the Hamburg Police Department and Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration identified Green and Bryant as the decedent’s suppliers. Law enforcement officers then set up a controlled purchase of fentanyl from Green who was arrested when he arrived to sell the fentanyl.

Subsequently, the investigation uncovered that between October 2017, and January 2018, the New York State Police made numerous controlled purchases of butyryl fentanyl, fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin from both defendants. 

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Wickett, the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special-Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, the New York State Police, under the direction Major Edward Kennedy, and the Orchard Park Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Pacholec.

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 June 15, 2018