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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Buffalo Man Indicted On Fentanyl And Heroin Charges

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 a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Shawn Woods, 25, of Buffalo, NY, with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanuyl, and heroin; maintaining a drug involved premises; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on February 1, 2017, the defendant possessed large quantities of fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanuyl, and heroin, which were intended for distribution in the Buffalo area.

Woods was arraigned this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and is being detained. 

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda; and Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.

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 2, 2017