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Press Release

Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

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.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Terrance Williams, 45, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to obtaining controlled substances through fraud, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who is handling the case, stated that between December 2013 and April 2015, co-defendant Brandon Coburn, a licensed nurse practitioner who is legally authorized to prescribe controlled substances, provided fraudulent Fentanyl prescriptions to Williams and nine other co-defendants. Those prescriptions, however, were not used for a legitimate medical purposes and instead were filled by Williams and others and sold on the street in the Buffalo area. Willaims filled a total of 28 prescriptions including oxycodone, oxymorphone and fentanyl.

Williams is the second of the 11 defendants charged in this investigation to be convicted. 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.

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

Sentencing is scheduled for April 24, 2017, before Judge Arcara.

Updated December 23, 2016