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Buffalo Man Going To Prison For Selling Heroin And 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 Julian Rivera, 30, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possessing with intent to distribute heroin, butyryl fentanyl, and U-47700, was sentenced to serve 38 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul C. Parisi and Meghan E. Leydecker, who handled the case, stated that between March and May 2017, an undercover officer purchased heroin, butyryl fentanyl, and U-47700 from Rivera, co-defendant Craig Lester, and others, on 12 separate dates. On several occasions, the defendant was the person who negotiated the price of the drugs with the undercover officer. Many of the transactions took place inside a residence at 28 Echols Lane in Buffalo.

On April 7, 2017, Rivera was walking in the Towne Gardens Housing Complex in Buffalo, where Buffalo Police officers observed him holding what appeared to be heroin and its packaging. The defendant fled from officers but was subsequently arrested carrying 231 glassine envelopes of a mixture of heroin, butyryl fentanyl, and U-47700 in his pocket. Officers also recovered packaging for heroin and a large rock of suspected heroin in the doorway at 28 Echols Lane and two bundles of suspected heroin from Rivera’s clothing.

Defendant Craig Lester was previously convicted and sentenced.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.

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Updated June 30, 2020

Drug Trafficking