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Western District of New York

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Buffalo Man Sentenced On Fentanyl And Gun Charges

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that John Walker, Jr., 25, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of distribution of fentanyl and unlawful possession of a firearm by a person subject to an order of protection, was sentenced to 33 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who handled the case, stated that on five occasions in March and April of 2016, the defendant sold fentanyl to a confidential source of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The last of those transactions occurred on April 18, 2016, when Walker sold a quantity of fentanyl for $1,000.

On April 26, 2016, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence on Busti Avenue in Buffalo. Officers recovered a semi-automatic pistol, and a magazine loaded with 13 rounds of 9mm ammunition. At the time, Walker was subject to a court order prohibiting him from harassing, stalking, or threatening an individual. The defendant was also explicitly prohibited from using, attempting to use or threatening use of physical force against the individual. The individual has children with the defendant.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.

Updated November 24, 2017