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Buffalo Woman Sentenced on Drug Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Mary Moran, 51, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl, was sentenced to one year in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

                Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that between September 2012 and May 2013, the defendant conspired with others to distribute fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled. Mary Moran sold her prescription fentanyl patches to Barbara Moran, who then sold those fentanyl patches and other controlled substances, from her residence at 93 Pulaski Street in Buffalo. Some of those sales were made to law enforcement officers acting in an undercover capacity. 

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zach.

                  Jordan Warunek, Barbara Moran, and Gregory Pendziwiatr have all been convicted of similar charges. Barbara Moran and Pendziwiatr are awaiting sentencing, and Warunek was sentenced to probation.
Updated November 19, 2014