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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Fentanyl

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jeremy Jorge, 21, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to distribution of fentanyl before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott S. Allen, Jr., and Wei Xiang, who are handling the case, stated that on at least seven occasions, between December 2016 and September 2017, the defendant sold what he marketed as heroin in exchange for sums of money between $300 and $1,300. A forensic analysis later determined that the substances contained a mixture of various controlled substances including heroin, fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, and U-47700. In total, Jorge distributed over 24 grams of fentanyl in the Buffalo community.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

Updated February 2, 2018