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Buffalo Woman Sentenced On 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 Rose Smith, 66, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute fetanyl, oxymorphone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, was sentenced to 48 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on February 7, 2014, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence on Littlefield Avenue in Buffalo. Officers recovered a large number of prescription pills, patches, marijuana, and two firearms. Subsequent analysis determined that the pills and patches contained oxycodone, fentanyl, oxymorphone, and hydrocodone. Smith admitted that she sold the majority of her own prescriptions of fentanyl and oxycodone to drug customers. The defendant also sold prescription narcotics she received from at least two other people.

The sentencing 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 Divison, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Timothy Howard.

Updated May 31, 2017