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Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

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 Samuel Nappo, 38, 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 January 2015, co-defendant Brandon Coburn, a licensed nurse practitioner who was legally authorized to prescribe controlled substances, provided prescriptions that were not issued for legitimate medical purposes to Nappo and nine others. Nappo and the others filled the prescriptions, and then sold the drugs, which included fentanyl, oxycodone, oxymorphone, and amphetamine, on the street in the Buffalo area. Nappo filled a total of 26 prescriptions.

To date, seven defendants charged in this investigation have been 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 September 1, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Updated May 25, 2017