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Buffalo Man Sentenced For Distributing Designer Drug To Minor

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 William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Peter Anthony Vargas, III, 23, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of distributing the designer drug 5-MeO-DiPT, more commonly known as “Foxy Methoxy” or “Foxy,” to a person under 21 years of age, was sentenced to 24 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

 Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who handled the case, stated that late on October 18, 2013, the defendant sold a substance represented to be “Foxy Methoxy” to an intermediary at a commercial haunted house located behind the McKinley Mall in Blasdell, NY. The intermediary then immediately provided the substance to a 17-year-old minor.

 Later that night, the minor began to feel dizzy and paranoid and experienced hallucinations. The following day, the minor was admitted to a local hospital in an unresponsive state and was placed on a ventilator to assist breathing. The minor subsequently recovered and was discharged from the hospital.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

Updated March 31, 2016